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Updated: Court upholds jail for activist Asmaa Mahfouz, who files appeal

Asmaa Mahfouz's one year prison sentence for assaulting a civil servant has been upheld; she claims the charge is politically motivated and has appealed against the ruling

Ahram Online, Tuesday 8 May 2012
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Activist Asmaa Mahfouz (Photo: Reuters)
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Ain Shams Misdemeanour Court has upheld activist ‎Asmaa Mahfouz's sentence of one year in prison plus a LE2000 fine for assault. Mahfouz was sentenced in absentia on 7 March, but had appealed against the ruling.

‎Mahfouz has ‎stated that she has lodged a second appeal that will be heard on 12 June.‎

Mahfouz is accused of assaulting civil servant Abdel Aziz Fahmy. ‎

The former April 6 Youth Movement member, Mahfouz, denies having ever met Fahmy. ‎She claims that the case is politically motivated and designed to ruin her reputation as an ‎activist. 

Fahmy on the other hand claimed Mahfouz attacked him for his support of the ‎Supreme Council of the Armed Force (SCAF), to which she is opposed.‎

Mahfouz had told Al-Ahram daily in March that Fahmy is the same man who previously ‎filed cases against political activists Alaa Abdel-Fattah and Ahmed Abou-Doma.‎

On the eve of the January 25 Revolution Mahfouz made a video that went viral on ‎YouTube calling on Egyptians to take to the streets. ‎

The female political activist accuses the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) of ‎being behind the case.‎

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