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Egypt postpones former presidential candidate’s appeal

Egyptian lawyer Khaled Ali (C) celebrates amid street crowds after Supreme Administrative Court upheld for final session in the case of two Red Sea islands in Cairo, Egypt on 16 January, 2017 [Mohamed El Raai/Anadolu Agency]
Human rights lawyer and former presidential candidate Khaled Ali (C) [Mohamed El Raai/Anadolu Agency]

The Dokki Misdemeanours Court postponed the appeal filed by human rights lawyer Khaled Ali against a three month prison sentence handed to him.

Ali was sentenced in September to three months in prison and to pay 1,000 Egyptian pounds ($57) bail on accusations of “violating public decency”.

Ali’s court case dates back to May 2017 after he was accused of making an indecent hand gesturewhile he was celebrating another court ruling that annulled a governmental decision to cede two Red Sea islands to Saudi control.

His lawyer requested footage from the security cameras installed in the vicinity of the State Council be reviewed on 16 January 2017, arguing that the case was brought forward because of a personal grudge between Ali and the owner of the Sada El-Balad channel which presented the video against Ali to the prosecution.

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