Egyptian activist convicted of protest role gets 15 years

Posted: June 12, 2014 at 5:12 a.m.

Prominent Egyptian blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah stands in front of a criminal court in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. A court has convicted Abdel-Fattah for demonstrating without permit and assaulting a policeman, sentencing him to 15 years in prison.

An Egyptian court on Wednesday convicted a prominent activist from the 2011 uprising of organizing an unauthorized protest and assaulting a policeman, sentencing him to 15 years in prison, in the latest blow to liberal activists at a time of rapidly eroding freedoms.

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