Egypt judge orders rights lawyers be investigated

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Associated Press

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 3 at 10:02 AM

CAIRO (AP) — In an unprecedented move, an Egyptian judge has ordered prosecutors investigate three activist lawyers over his claims they "rioted" in court when they demanded to see their hunger-striking client.

Judge Mohammed Nagui Shehata ordered the investigation Wednesday. Shehata is the same judge who recently sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to prison.

Lawyer Osama el-Mahdi, one of the three, said the defense team was only doing its job, demanding to see their client Ahmed Douma, who is serving a three-year prison sentence for protesting and is facing another trial.

Douma started a hunger strike last week to protest his incarceration and his trial. His wife says his health is failing already.

Prosecutors will investigate the lawyers and ultimately will decide whether to press formal charges against them.

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