New trial opens for leading figure of Egypt 2011 revolt

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CAIRO — A leading figure in Egypt’s 2011 revolution, blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah, appeared in court Monday along with two other co-defendants at the start of a new trial, his defense team said.اضافة اعلان

Abdel-Fattah, his lawyer Mohammad Al-Baqer and another blogger, Mohammad Ibrahim, face charges of “broadcasting false news” in their trial before the State Security Misdemeanours Court in Cairo.

Rulings in the exceptional courts are final and cannot be appealed.
The next hearing in the case was set for November 1, their lawyer Khaled Ali told AFP.

Abdel-Fattah, a computer programmer and prominent figure in the uprising that toppled former autocrat Hosni Mubarak, has been in pre-trial detention since September 2019.

He was arrested in the wake of rare, night-time protests prompted by an exiled construction contractor calling for the removal of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on claims of corruption.

His lawyer Baqer and Ibrahim, also known as “Oxygen”, were also detained in a massive crackdown.

Abdel-Fattah has spent most of the past decade in jail.

Rights group say there are some 60,000 political prisoners in Egypt facing brutal unhygienic conditions and overcrowded cells.

In a 2019 interview with 60 Minutes on CBS, Sisi said there were no political prisoners in Egypt.

The former army chief became president in 2014 after leading the military ouster of Islamist president Mohammad Morsi a year earlier.

He has since overseen a sweeping crackdown on dissent.
Those jailed for criticizing the political status quo have included academics, journalists, lawyers, activists, comedians, Islamists, presidential candidates, and MPs.

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