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    Egypt Sentences Anti-Mubarak Activist to Five Years in Prison

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    Alaa Abdel Fattah, a prominent anti-Mubarak activist in the 2011 Egyptian protests was sentenced to five years in prison for breaking a new law aimed at curtailing protests.

    An Egyptian court sentenced Alaa Abdel Fattah, a prominent activist during the 2011 anti-government protests to five years on charges of violating a new law on demonstrations following a retrial.

    Fattah was sentenced alongside 24 other defendants who received three years in prison, except for three who were tried in absentia and were sentenced to 15 years. Defendants were additionally fined 100,000 Egyptian pounds (about $13,000). The charges against Fattah included "blocking roads," "assembling illegally" and "protesting without a permit," among others.

    The case was a retrial for Fattah, following his arrest in 2014, when he was arrested and sentenced to 15 years for encouraging a protest against the new constitution, but was later freed on bail.

    Following the sentencing, the defendants and their relatives and supporters in the courtroom chanted "down with military rule."

    President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced on Sunday that he would free those who were wrongfully arrested in the 2013 crackdown.

    Fattah, an Egyptian political activist and software developer, was prominent during the 2011 Tahrir square demonstrations against then-leader Hosni Mubarak. During the protests he was involved in defending the square from government supporters who charged the protesters on horses and camels.

    Following the 2011 overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, Fattah was arrested in October 2011 during protests against the demolition of a Coptic Christian church in which 27 protesters were killed. In 2013 Fattah was arrested on charges of encouraging protests against the new Egyptian constitution.

    A retrial of two Al Jazeera English journalists that was due to take place on Monday was postponed until March 8, following a brief hearing.

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