Egyptian activist goes on trial

2010-05-09 11:57

Cairo - Egypt's state-owned news agency reports that a court has started the trial of a pro-democracy activist accused of assaulting police officers during a protest.

The agency says Ahmed Abu Doma also has been charged of destroying police equipment and participating in an unauthorised public gathering.

Abu Doma was arrested during a scuffle between police and dozens of protesters demanding political reforms on Monday. The demonstration was the latest in a series of a public challenges to the Egyptian government.

Abu Doma is a member of the April 6 pro-reform youth movement, which was formed through online social networking sites.

The court refused to release Abu Doma on bail during Saturday's hearing.