CAIRO: The Court ruled Monday to sentence renowned activist Alaa Abd El Fattah to five years in prison and a 100,000 EGP fine ($13,100) over charges of illegal protest outside the headquarters of the Shura Council in Nov. 2013.
His 24 co-defendants were sentenced to terms between three and five years in prison.
Abd El Fattah and the others are accused of violating the 2013 Protest Law, and attacking a police officer among other charges.
In June 2014, they were sentenced “in absentia” to 15 years in prison; however, it was reported then that Abdel Fatah along other defendants were present outside the court but denied entry.
During the retrial hearings, the defense team repeatedly said that the prosecution could not provide evidence for the charge of assault against officer Emad Tahoun. Most of the security forces, who were giving testimonies as eye witnesses in the case, requested for the court to reference their previous testimony rather than testifying again, as they said the case took place a long time ago and they could not remember.