Jailed Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah acquitted of 'insulting police'

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Sunday 12 Jul 2015

Alaa Abdel Fattah
In this Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 file photo, Egypt’s most prominent activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah takes a moment as he speaks about his late father Ahmed Seif, one of Egypt’s most respected human rights lawyers, during a conference held at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, near Tahrir Square (Photo: AP)

Cairo misdemeanor court on Saturday acquitted prominent activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah of insulting a public official.

In November 2014, Abdel-Fattah was sentenced in absentia to a month in prison and a fine of LE200 over a dispute with a police officer during the 'Shura Council' trial.

Abdel-Fattah is currently serving a five-year sentence in the 'Shura Council' case, after he and 24 others were convicted of rioting, participating in an unauthorised protest, disrupting the lives of citizens and exposing them to danger, attacking a public employee on duty, and thuggery.

Also in 2014, Abdel-Fattah, along with his sister Mona Seif and ten other defendants, was sentenced to a one-year suspended term for illegal assembly and using force in front of former presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq's campaign headquarters in 2012.

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