Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah looks on from behind the defendant's cage during his trial. (AFP)
Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah looks on from behind the defendant's cage during his trial. (AFP)

Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah released after 5 years in prison

Fri, Mar. 29, 2019

CAIRO – 29 March 2019: Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah was released from prison early Friday after serving a five-year sentence for inciting and taking part in protests.


Abdel Fattah was detained in 2013 on several accusations, including rallying, inciting violence, resisting authorities and violating the Anti-protest Law.


Abdel Fattah, 37, will be placed on probation for five years.


In 2014, a criminal court sentenced him to 15 years in prison, but in 2017 an appeals court reduced the sentence to five years in prison and five years’ probation.


Abdel-Fattah’s sisters, Mona and Sanaa Seif, posted on Facebook that “Alaa is out,” along with a video of him at home, playing with a dog.



 
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