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#Egypt has sentenced Zyad Elelaimy, a prominent rights lawyer and former member of parliament, to a one-year prison term after convicting him of spreading “false news” over an
interview he had given to the BBC.
His lawyer Ahmed Fawzi told Reuters the defense team had been unable to clarify in court which comments Elelaimy was being prosecuted for. #Egypt
Elelaimy, who is already in detention since June last year over separate charges, was also fined 20,000 Egyptian pounds ($1,272) by a #Cairo misdemeanor court on Tuesday
“He is a prisoner of conscience, who has been swept up in #Egypt’s ruthless purge of critics and opponents,” @Amnesty said in a statement.
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