Alaa Abdel-Fattah 'insulting police' appeal adjourned

Ahram Online, Monday 17 Nov 2014

Prominent activist is already detained pending retrial for other charges

The appeal for Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah over "insulting the interior ministry" was adjourned on Monday to 27 November.

Abdel-Fattah was sentenced in absentia to a month in prison and fine of LE200 after a dispute with a police officer while he was detained, pending a trial on charges of illegal protesting.

Abdel-Fattah is currently detained pending retrial in what is known in Egyptian media as "The Shoura Council" case, in which he and 24 others are accused of breaking a controversial protest law in November 2013.

Abdel-Fattah, like many other activists, is on hunger strike to protest the law, which they deem too restrictive, and to call for its amendment. They are also protesting lengthy preventative detention periods, among other issues.

Abdel-Fattah, a long time rights activist, gained prominence after the 25 January 2011 uprising.


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