Hazek appeals 2-year prison sentence, Barakat grants pardons for Eid

CAIRO: An appeals court in Alexandria rejected Sunday an appeal against the two-year-imprisonment sentence against poet Omar Hazek, Veto reported.

Hazek faces charges of violating the 2013 Protest Law on Dec. 2, 2013 when he and other political activists protested outside the Alexandria Criminal Court where policemen were being tried for the death of Khaled Said.

Hazek and five other activists—Loai Kahwagy, Mahienour El-Massry, Islam Hassanen and Hassan Mostafa—were sentenced to two years in prison and fined 50,000 EGP ($6,992) on Feb. 16.

Azbakia riots:

The Cairo Criminal Court adjourned Sunday a trial against 68 defendants over charges of inciting riots and violence against police officers to Sept. 9, Al-Wafd newspaper reported.

According to the investigations, the defendants sabotaged fences at Cairo Metro stops and the Al-Gomhuria newspaper building, used violence against police at Azbakia Police Station and damaged public property and police cars.

The defendants’ lawyers called for changing the judges, but the request was refused.

Eid release

Attorney General Hisham Barakat ordered the release of 45 students and 53 elderly people who suffer from diseases on the occasion of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, according to the Freedom for the Brave movement on their Facebook page Monday. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan.

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