Sanaa Seif, Yara Sallam to remain in prison awaiting court verdict until Dec 28
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CAIRO: The Heliopolis Misdemeanor Court has set Dec. 28 as the date it will issue its final opinion on a verdict issued against over 20 activists accused in the Ithadeya Protests, including Sanaa Seif and Yara Sallam.

“So far, they have served a prison sentence of 141 days. Seif has entered her 75th day of hunger strike,” the Freedom for the Brave group supporting detainees reported on its Facebook page Sunday.

Along with 22 defendants, Seif and Sallam were sentenced On Oct. 26 to three years in prison and a 10,000 EGP ($1,400) fine after being in pre-trial detention more than 100 days over demonstrating against the 2013 Protest Law back in June.

The case drew the attention of local and international media and human rights organizations, as Seif is the sister of activist Alaa Abde El Fattah. Amnesty International previously called for the release of Seif and Sallam on Sept. 12, and before that on Oct. 15.

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) published a joint statement on Nov. 4 condemning the court verdict, and called on Egyptian authorities to find “appropriate and reassuring” solutions for the conduct of the activities of human rights defenders “in an environment that is conducive and free from any form of retaliation.”

Seif is also well known because she was part of the production team for Oscar-nominated film “The Square,” which covered the January 25 Revolution and its aftermath. Seif herself was the subject of a short documentary film by her friend Mahmoud Salmani, who previously told The Cairo Post that he had been pushed by guilt to make the film because he left her right before she was arrested.

Additional reporting by Rym el-Sheikh.

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