Court accepts activist Ahmed Douma’s appeal of 3-year sentence

Activist Ahmed Douma’s appeal of a three-year sentence for insulting the judiciary was accepted by the Court of Cassation on Thursday, which ordered his retrial before the Maadi Misdemeanors Court.

Douma was sentenced to three years in prison in February 2015 after clapping in court upon receiving a life sentence in the Cabinet clashes case.

The Cairo Criminal Court issued Douma and 229 other defendants involved in the Cabinet clashes case with sentences ranging from 25 years to life in prison and a collective fine of LE17 million. The charges included illegal assembly, vandalism and attempting to raid the Interior Ministry.

The case stems from violent clashes which erupted after police attempted to disperse a sit-in in front of the Cabinet in December 2011. Seventeen protesters were killed and dozens injured during the clashes. Several ministry buildings were also damaged.

Douma has also appealed the life sentence, which the Court of Cassation is set to review on October 12.

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