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New trial opens for leading figure of Egypt 2011 revolt

A leading figure in Egypt’s 2011 revolution, blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah, appears in court along with two other co-defendants at the start of a new trial, his defense team says.

Abdel-Fattah, his lawyer Mohamed al-Baqer and another blogger, Mohamed Ibrahim, face charges of “broadcasting false news” in their trial before the State Security Misdemeanours Court in Cairo.

Rulings in the exceptional courts are final and cannot be appealed.

The next hearing in the case was set for November 1, their lawyer Khaled Ali tells AFP.

Abdel-Fattah, a computer programmer and prominent figure in the uprising that toppled former autocrat Hosni Mubarak, has been in pre-trial detention since September 2019.

He was arrested in the wake of rare, nighttime protests prompted by an exiled construction contractor calling for the removal of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on claims of corruption.

His lawyer Baqer and Ibrahim, also known as “Oxygen,” were also detained in a massive crackdown.

Abdel-Fattah has spent most of the past decade in jail.

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