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Egyptian court upholds 15-year sentence for leading figure in 2011 uprising


Egypt’s top appeals court on Saturday upheld a 15-year prison sentence for a leading figure of the country’s 2011 uprising, AFP reports quoting a judicial source.

Ahmed Douma has been jailed since 2013 on charges of clashing with security forces during a protest in Cairo two years earlier.

He was handed a 25-year prison sentence in 2015, but a court overturned the ruling and ordered a retrial.

In January last year, Douma was sentenced to 15 years in prison and fined six million Egyptian pounds ($372,000).

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Saturday’s verdict by the court of cassation upheld that sentence, which “is now final and cannot be appealed”, the judicial source said.

Douma was a leading figure in the 2011 uprising in the North African country that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak.

He was arrested in a crackdown following the 2013 military ouster of Mubarak’s successor, Islamist Mohamed Morsi, led by now-President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

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