CAIRO: The Alexandria Court of Appeals will issue its final verdict in the case of political activist Mahienour el-Masry—who faces a two-year prison sentence and a 50,000 EGP ($6,992) fine over breaching the 2013 Protest Law—on July 20.
Masry was tried in absentia twice and once while present.
On Feb. 16, the Alexandria Court of Appeals sentenced five political activists—Loai Kahwagy, Omar Hazek, Islam Hassanen, Hassan Mostafa and Masry—in absentia to two years in prison and a 50,000 EGP fine.
The sentenced protested without legal permission in solidarity with Khaled Said on Dec. 2, 2013 outside Alexandria’s Criminal Courthouse during the retrial of the police officers convicted of killing Said.
Khaled Said was a young political activist who died under disputed circumstances in Alexandria on June 6, 2010 while in police custody. Said’s death is considered one of the motivating factors that led to Egypt’s January 25 Revolution.
Masry was arrested on April 12 and her retrial was held in May. During this trial, the court upheld the sentence against her and her codefendants.
Her arrest caused an uproar on social media among political activists, who called for her release.
Masry was awarded the annual Ludovic Trarieux Human Rights Prize for 2014 on Friday, AFP reported.