Egyptian court sentences 6 April activist Amal Fathy to two years in prison

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Saturday 29 Sep 2018

Egypt's April 6 activist Amal Fathy

A misdemeanour court in Egypt sentenced on Saturday activist and member of the 6 April movement Amal Fathy to two years in prison and a fine of EGP 10,000 after she was convicted of slander.

The case against Fathy was filed by Banque Misr officials.

Police had arrested Fathy as part of a misdemeanour case filed in May under a decision by the prosecutor-general.

Fathy was arrested after she posted a video on social media in which she hit out at national institutions and voiced opposition to sexual harassment.

In the clip uploaded to Facebook, Fathy criticised organisations such as state-owned Banque Misr, accusing male security staff of behaving in predatory ways towards women.

She also accused the government of failing to protect women, criticising conditions regarding human rights and the economy in Egypt.

The prosecution charged Fathy with "slandering employees at Banque Misr through her Facebook page, as well as publishing false news."

The court granted bail of EGP 20,000 pending appeal, although Fathy will remain in custody as she still faces trial in another case where she is charged with publishing false news and incitement against the country.

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