Court fines rights activist Hossam Bahgat for insulting elections authority

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 29 Nov 2021

A Cairo misdemeanour economic court has fined prominent human rights activist Hossam Bahgat EGP 10,000 for insulting the National Elections Authority.

Hossam Bahgat
Egyptian human rights activist and investigative journalist Hossam Bahgat

Bahgat, the founder and executive director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), had been charged with insulting an official authority, spreading false news and using a social media account to commit these crimes.

Bahgat was charged after making a Twitter post alleging violations in the House of Representatives elections in 2020.

Bahgat’s assets are frozen and he is banned from travel pending an investigation into EIPR for alleged illegal foreign funding.

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