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Oct 27, 2014 9:21 AM

Prominent Egyptian activist jailed after hearing

The Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) An Egyptian court has ordered the detention of one of the country's most prominent pro-democracy activists at the start of his retrial for breaking a draconian law on demonstrations.

Alaa Abdel-Fattah was convicted in June for organizing an unauthorized demonstration in November 2013 and assaulting a police officer. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison, but was granted a retrial in August. He was freed on bail the following month.

Abdel-Fattah's detention on Monday comes one day after his younger sister Sanaa Seif was imprisoned for three years, also for breaking the demonstrations law.

The siblings come from a family of prominent activists. Their father, the late Ahmed Seif al-Islam, was a longtime rights lawyer who was repeatedly imprisoned. Their sister Mona is also an activist.


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