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Mahienour El-Massry, 8 others sentenced to 2 years

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Alexandria court upholds sentence for protests outside Khaled Said trial

Egyptian security forces arrest a protester on December 2, 2013 during a demonstration outside the criminal court in Egypt's northern coastal city of Alexandria where the second retrial session is underway in the case of 28-year-old blogger Khaled Said who died following police questioning before the revolution in 2010. Protesters gathered outside the court in support of Said before being dispersed by policemen with canon waters and tear gas. Police officers Awad Ismail Suleiman and Mahmud Salah Amin are accused of using excessive force and killing Said. (AFP PHOTO / STR)

Egyptian security forces arrest a protester on December 2, 2013 during a demonstration outside the criminal court in Egypt’s northern coastal city of Alexandria where the second retrial session is underway in the case of 28-year-old blogger Khaled Said who died following police questioning before the revolution in 2010. 
(AFP PHOTO / STR)

An Alexandria court sentenced Tuesday nine activists, including prominent lawyer Mahienour El-Massry, to two years in prison and an EGP 50,000 fine.

The activists were detained and convicted of blocking a road, destroying a police vehicle, protesting without a permit and assaulting a police officer outside the trial of policemen charged with the death of Khaled Said.

Arrest warrants for the activists were issued on 9 December and the initial ruling on the case was announced on 2 January.

The protest in question took place in Alexandria on 2 December 2013 and was allegedly organised by Said’s mother, who refused to obtain permission from the Ministry of Interior. “The protest is against the police,” Said’s mother said. “How do you expect us to ask for permission from the institution we are protesting against?”

El-Massry is currently facing trial on separate charges for an incident that occurred in March 2013. Allegedly, a number of members of the Al-Dostour Party were “assaulted by members of the Muslim Brotherhood”, said Mohamed Ramadan, a lawyer representing the defendants and a witness to the incident.


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