CAIRO: The Heliopolis Misdemeanor Court of Appeals decided Sunday to reduce a 3-year jail sentence—handed earlier to 23 defendants for violating the 2013 Protest Law—to two years, Youm7 reported.
The defendants, including activist Sanaa Seif, sister of prominent activist Alaa Abd El Fattah, were referred to a misdemeanor court in June over participating in an unlicensed protest outside Ithadeya presidential palace demanding the abolition of the protest law.
They faced charges of inciting chaos, sabotaging public properties, assaulting policemen and using violence with the aim of terrorizing citizens.
In October, the defendants were sentenced to a 3-year jail term and fined 10,000 EGP ($1,390) over the charges.
Also among the defendants is Yara Sallam, a human rights defender who was reportedly arrested with her cousin while buying water from a kiosk near the presidential palace.
The verdict can be challenged one final time at the Court of Cassation, the country’s highest legal authority, according to Youm7.
The controversial Protest Law was issued in November 2013 by Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour in order to regulate peaceful assemblies. Since it was issued, it has been criticized by domestic and international human rights organizations accusing the law of violating international standards for peaceful protests.