Egypt’s court upholds 15-year sentence for activist Ahmed Douma

Ahram Online , Saturday 4 Jul 2020

Activist Ahmed Douma
Activist Ahmed Douma

Egypt’s Court of Cassation upheld on Saturday a 2019 criminal court sentence to send activist Ahmed Douma to 15 years in prison in addition to fining him EGP 6 million in a retrial on violence charges dating back to 2011.

Douma was accused of possessing bladed weapons and Molotov cocktails, assaulting personnel from the Armed Forces and the police, torching the Scientific Complex in downtown Cairo and damaging other government buildings, including that of the cabinet and parliament, during the 2011 uprising

Douma also received three-year sentences in two other cases. The first sentence, which has already been served, was for breaking the country's protest law in January 2015, and the second was for insulting the judiciary in 2014. In the second case, his appeal was accepted and the conviction was overturned.

Douma is a rights activist who protested against the regime of toppled president Hosni Mubarak, the military council in 2011-2012, as well as ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

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