Egypt bans anti-Mubarak activist from leaving Cairo

Asma Mahfouz, a leading figure of the uprising that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak, was told her name was on a list of people not allowed to leave the country.

Asma Mahfouz, a leading figure of the uprising that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak, was told her name was on a list of people not allowed to leave the country.

Egypt’s authorities banned a prominent activist of the 2011 uprising, Asma Mahfouz, from leaving the country late Tuesday while on her way to Bangkok, a Cairo airport official said.

Mahfouz, a well known youth leader, was a leading figure of the uprising that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak in early 2011.

She was stopped at Cairo airport by immigration officials following a request from the prosecutor general’s office, an airport official said, adding that her name was on a list of people barred from leaving the country.

After briefly detaining her, she was told to go back home, the official said.

Mahfouz was attempting to travel to Bangkok with her sister and sister’s husband.

Since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi last year, the authorities have cracked down on opposition, including pro-Mursi Islamists and secular activists.

Several secular activists have been detained, jailed or barred from leaving the country, while the crackdown on Mursi’s supporters has left at least 1,400 people dead, and over 15,000 arrested.

 
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