Court sentences two defendants in 'Shura Council clashes' retrial

Ahram Online , Monday 13 Jul 2015

The two defendants were originally sentenced in absentia to 15-years in jail

A Cairo criminal court has sentenced two defendants, Abdel Rahman Siyad Mohamed and Abdel Rahman Tarek, to three years in jail and a fine of LE100, 000 in the so-called Shura Council retrial which took place Monday morning. 

The two defendants were also sentenced to three years probation.

The court upheld the original 15-year jail sentence that the two defendants received, in absentia, in February.

Prominent activist Alaa Abdel Fattah and 19 other protesters were sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of LE100,000 in the same case in February. 

The defendants were convicted of a number of charges including assaulting a police officer and stealing his walkie-talkie as well as organizing an unauthorized protest in front of the Shura Council.  

The Shura Council clashes date back to November 2013 when a group of activists demonstrated outside of the Shura Council near the iconic Tahrir Square to pressure the constitution committee to ban military trials for civilians.

The protest was forcibly disbanded by security personnel using water cannons and tear gas. Videos circulated on social media and local TV stations showed harsh treatment from the police.


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