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Prominent Egypt activist Abdel Fattah jailed 15 years: Lawyer

Published on Jun 11, 2014 4:38 PM
 
A picture take on Dec 25, 2011, shows Egyptian blogger and activist Alaa Abdel Fattah (centre) exiting the police headquarters in Cairo following his release. An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced in absentia Abdel Fattah to 15 years in jail on charges of participating in an illegal protest, his lawyer told AFP. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (AFP) - An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced in absentia prominent activist Alaa Abdel Fattah to 15 years in jail on charges of participating in an illegal protest, his lawyer told AFP.

Twenty-four other activists were also sentenced, in absentia, to 15 years in jail each on the same charges.

Abdel Fattah, a prominent youth leader of the 2011 uprising that toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak, was arrested in November in a crackdown waged by the military-installed authorities against Islamist and secular dissent since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in July.

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