Egyptian pro-democracy activist free after 5 years in prison

2019-03-29 14:40
Alaa Abdel-Fattah was released from prison after serving a five-year sentence for inciting and taking part in protests, his family and lawyer said. (Nariman El-Mofty, AP, File)

Alaa Abdel-Fattah was released from prison after serving a five-year sentence for inciting and taking part in protests, his family and lawyer said. (Nariman El-Mofty, AP, File)

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The lawyer and family of one of Egypt's most prominent pro-democracy activists, Alaa Abdel-Fattah, say he has been released from prison after serving a five-year sentence for taking part in protests.

His sisters, Mona and Sanaa Seif, posted on Facebook on Friday that "Alaa is out", along with a video of him at home, playing with a dog.

His lawyer, Khaled Ali, confirmed the release by posting: "Thanks God, Alaa Abdel-Fattah at home."

Abdel-Fattah was sentenced to five years for taking part in a peaceful demonstration in 2013 after the military's ouster of Egypt's freely elected but controversial Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

His imprisonment was part of a wider crackdown on the pro-democracy movement that began with the 2011 uprising that toppled long-time President Hosni Mubarak.

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