CAIRO: The Alexandria Appeals Court, headed by Judge Mohamed al-Deeb, Tuesday upheld the sentence of Egyptian activist Mahienour al-Masry for two years in custody and fined her 50,000 EGP ($7,000), according to the official Facebook page of the activist Freedom for the Brave initiative.
Masry and six others were detained on Dec. 2, 2013 in Alexandria for protesting without permission in front of the Alexandria Courthouse. They were protesting in solidarity with Khaled Said, whose brutal 2010 death while in state custody helped sparked the 2011 January 25 Revolution.
In a Tuesday statement to The Cairo Post, Freedom for the Brave member Samia Jaheen denounced the court’s ruling, and said, “The current regime commits massacres against the youth who demonstrated against Egypt’s protest law and demanded its abolishment… I was disappointed but not surprised by the ruling.”
Under Egypt’s new protest law, many have been arrested for staging unapproved protests demanding the abolishment of the law. Egypt’s government has repeatedly defended the protest law, emphasizing that it is essential in restoring stability to the country.
Issued in November 2013, the law provided Egyptian authorities the right to take strict measures against those who violate the peaceful nature of demonstrations, but also prohibits any demonstrations that do not have official permission from security forces. Any potential gathering must request a permit from authorities at least 24 hours in advance.