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Cairo Court acquits 112 on charges of violating protest law

A Cairo Court has acquitted 112 initially given one-year prison sentences for protesting on the third anniversary of the 25 January uprising earlier this year

Ahram Online, Sunday 28 Sep 2014

El-Mosky misdemeanor appeals court has acquitted 112 defendants charged with violating the protest law during demonstrations earlier this year on the third anniversary of the 25 January 2011 uprising, Al-Ahram’s Arabic news website reported.

The defendants were initially given a one-year prison sentence with labor. They were also charged with rioting, inciting violence, blocking traffic, attacking private and public property and attacking police personnel in El-Mosky district.

The controversial protest law, passed last November, requires a minimum of three days notification before any protest to the interior ministry. The interior ministry has the right to not allow the protest, however, protest organisers can appeal in front of a court. Violators face heavy fines and prison time.

In June, 64 protesters, also marking the January anniversary in Al-Azbakeya district, were also acquitted after initially being sentenced to two years in prison.

Egypt’s National Council for Human Rights previously stated that the protest law was being amended, and cited being asked to contribute toward an amendment. However, a cabinet spokeperson denied amending the law anytime soon.

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