The court of cassation uphold’s a prison sentence against Alaa Abdel Fattah EOHR implores President Al Sisi to grant him a presidential pardon

November 8th, 2017 by Editor

The court of cassation uphold’s a prison sentence against Alaa Abdel Fattah

EOHR implores President Al Sisi to grant him a presidential pardon

Egypt’s court of cassation issued its verdict in favour of upholding a 5 year sentence against political actitvists Alaa Abdel Fattah and Ahmed Abdelrahman on the November 11th 2017

The court issued its final verdict that not only entailed a 5 year sentence, it also imposed on them a 100,000 EGP fine and both activists will be subjected to 5 years of security surveilance after serving their prison time.

The only modification the court of cassation made to the previous ruling was changing the prison sentence from incarceration in a maximum security prison to a regular one.

The court of cassation also reaffirmed a 3 year prison sentence against 18 other defendants, and a 15 year sentence to 3 defendants in absentia.

The defendants stood trial due to their organization of a demonstration infront of Egypt’s parliament in 2014. The defendants were all charged with assaulting police officers on duty, road bloacking, rioting, illegal assembly and vandalizing of public property.

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) respects the court decisions however we implore President Al Sisi to grant the defendants a presidential pardon in accordance with article 155 of the constitution that grants him the right to issue the pardon.

EOHR submitted the names of the defendants to the committee on presidential pardons in the past, and the presidency was unable to issue a pardon due to the absence of a final verdict, but now with final ruling issued EOHR reiterates its urgent plea for a presidential pardon in favour of those activits.

 

 

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