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Egypt jails activist who called to free prisoners amid pandemic

   March 20, 2021 3:01 AM
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Cairo, Egypt An Egyptian court sentenced prominent female activist Sanaa Seif to a year and a half in prison on Wednesday for spreading false news, her sister and judicial sources said.

Seif was detained in June 2020 outside the public prosecutor's office as she tried to file a complaint about an assault on her and her mother as they campaigned to communicate with her jailed brother Alaa Abdel Fattah, one of Egypt's best-known activists, rights groups say. She and her family were among the activists who had campaigned on social media for the release of some prisoners amid fears that coronavirus would spread in prisons. Three other members of Seif's family were briefly detained in March 2020 for protesting over the same issue. A Cairo criminal court convicted Seif for spreading and broadcasting false news that would cause panic, the false allegation of the spread of the coronavirus in prisons and misusing social media sites, judicial sources said. Seif has the right to appeal the ruling within 60 days, they said.

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