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Egypt court upholds two-year sentence for activist Amal Fathy

Ahram Online , Sunday 30 Dec 2018
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A Cairo appeals court upheld on Sunday a two-year prison term for prominent Egyptian activist Amal Fathy, who was arrested after posting a video online about being sexually harassed earlier this year.

The court rejected an appeal by Fathy against a two-year prison sentence in September and a fine of EGP 10,000 over charges of spreading false news that threatened national security in a video that went viral where she spoke about her experience with sexual harassment at a local bank.

Fathy, a member of the now-banned 6 April Youth Movement, was arrested in May, days after she took her rage online, accusing the government of failing to protect women from sexual harassment, and criticising poor service at a state-owned bank and the deterioration in living conditions and public services.

Sunday's decision comes less than a week after she was granted a conditional release in another case with similar charges, including joining an outlawed group; requiring her to report in to a police station one day a week.

Fathy can still appeal Sunday's sentence with the Court of Cassation.

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