Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah free after serving 5 year sentence: Lawyer

Political activist Alaa Abdel Fattah’s lawyer Taher Abu al-Nasr said Wednesday that Abdel Fattah would finally be free after serving out his five year sentence.

Abu al-Nasr added that the police will first transfer Abdel Fattah to the al-Khalefa deportations police office and then to Dokki Police Station as part of measures to release him.

Police arrested Abdel Fattah on November 2013 over charges of inciting anti-constitutional demonstration before Headquarter of House of Representatives in Cairo.

Cairo Criminal Court jailed Abdel Fattah to five years in prison for demonstration without a police permit.

The activist’s initial sentence of 15 years was reduced to five years after a retrial in February 2015. He was arrested along with 24 others, and sentenced on charges including protesting without a police permit and attacking a policeman.

Abdel Fattah, a software engineer, blogger and activist, was one of the public faces of the 2011 revolution that removed dictator Hosni Mubarak from power.

The case was among the most prominent in a series of trials of secular dissidents who have been jailed along with thousands of Islamists since July 2013.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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