CAIRO: A sentence of two-years in prison handed down to award-winning activist Mahienour el-Masry, was reduced to one year and three months Sunday over charges of assaulting police officers, raiding and sabotaging an Alexandria police station.
In February, Mahienour, 2014 winner of Ludovic Trarieux human rights award, and nine other activists and lawyers were sentenced to two years in prison.
Mahienour, a lawyer, and the other defendants were arrested in March 2013 at Alexandria’s Raml police station where they were defending an anti-Muslim Brotherhood activist charged with torching one of the group’s headquarters.
A number of lawyers in Alexandria issued a statement announcing their support for Mahienour before the trial Saturday; they also announced a sit-in at the Lawyers Institute to demand her acquittal, Youm7 reported.
In December 2013, Mahienour was jailed in another case over violating the 2013 protest law, as she and other activists were peacefully protesting in solidarity with Kahled Said, who was brutally beaten to death by police officers in June 2010. His death was a spark for the January 25 Revolution in 2011.
On May 20, 2014 a court in Alexandria upheld a two-year jail sentence against Masry and fined her 50,000 EGP ($7,000). However, she appealed the ruling and the sentence was reduced to six months.