Egyptian Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison - Judicial Source


Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah was sentenced to five years in prison, a judicial source said, after being tried on charges of spreading fake news. Abdel Fattah, a leading activist in the 2011 uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak after three decades in power, had previously been imprisoned for five years in 2014 and released in 2019. 

"He is denied access to books, a radio, a watch, and he is banned from walking (outside his prison cell). He does not leave his prison cell at all except of when we visit him or if he is going to prosecution or court," Abdel Fattah's mother Leila Soueif said before the hearing. The Egyptian government has denied accusations concerning prison conditions. 

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Washington was "disappointed" by the verdicts and that journalists and human rights defenders should be able to exercise their freedom of expression without facing criminal penalties. 

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