Egyptian activists appear in court after two years in detention
CAIRO, October 18 (Reuters) – The trial of prominent Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah and two others accused of spreading false information began on Monday, a judicial source said after more than two years in detention.
Abdel Fattah, blogger Mohamed Ibrahim and lawyer Mohamed El-Baqer appeared before a Cairo criminal court where the charges were read, the source said. The next hearing has been set for November 1 to allow the prosecution and defense to plead.
The three men have been detained since September 2019. Abdel Fattah, one of the main activists in the 2011 uprising that overthrew former President Hosni Mubarak after three decades in power, had already been jailed for five years.
Since 2013, when then army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, a massive crackdown on political dissent has been waged in Egypt, drawing criticism from human rights groups. Rights groups say tens of thousands of people have been jailed.
Sisi, president since 2014, says security and stability are paramount and denies that there are political prisoners in Egypt.
Report from the Cairo Office; Editing by Giles Elgood
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