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Trial date set for Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel-Fatah and 24 others

Alaa Abdel-Fatah and 24 co-defendants will stand trial on charges of illegal protesting

El-Sayed Gamal eldeen, Saturday 15 Mar 2014
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Alaa Abdel-Fattah(Photo : Hossam Hamalawy)
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Egyptian prominent activist Alaa Abdel-Fatah and 24 co-defendants will stand trial on 23 March.

They all face charges of illegal protesting.

The court decision comes after several protests against the detention of activists for months with no trial.

Abdel-Fatah has spent over 100 days in detention without trial since he was arrested last November.

On 26 November, Abdel-Fattah, along with other activists, organised a protest in central Cairo to denounce the subjection of civilians to military trials. The protest was dispersed by police, and scores of activists were arrested.

Abdel-Fattah was arrested at his home on 28 November, two days after the protest.

In January, he received a suspended one-year jail sentence in a separate case on charges of torching the campaign headquarters of Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister Ahmed Shafiq who ran for president in 2012.

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Jon
16-03-2014 09:16am
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A future without tyranny
Although he erred in supporting the military coup, people like Alaa Abdel-Fatah points to a civilized, peaceful Egypt without neither religious nor military tyranny. T shut the mouth of him and his companions, is to shut the door to happiness for the Egyptian people.
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Hazem L
15-03-2014 04:25pm
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Priorities
With all of Egypt's serious problems, government resources are being wasted on jailing and trying these guys, this is dumber than a box of rocks. Electricity, addressing the subsidies, wages, protecting freedom speech should be focus, not this foolishness.
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