Egyptian court sentences activist to 5 years

2015-02-23 12:30
Egypt’s most prominent activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah. (Nariman El-Mofty, AP)

Egypt’s most prominent activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah. (Nariman El-Mofty, AP)

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Cairo - A court in Egypt has sentenced an icon of its 2011 revolt to five years in prison after a retrial.

The verdict came on Monday in the case against well-known activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah, who faced a retrial after he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for taking part in an unauthorized protest and allegedly assaulting a police officer.

The courtroom erupted after the verdict, with some shouting: "Down with oppression!"

Abdel-Fattah is a prominent blogger who has been a vocal government critic.

The charges against him stem largely from a law prohibiting protests in Egypt without prior government permission, a measure that came after the military overthrew Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

Activists and rights groups have criticised the law as a way to stop all dissent.
Read more on:    mohammed morsi  |  egypt  |  north africa

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