Egyptian actor Amr Waked arrives on the red carpet during the first International El Gouna Film Festival, in the Red Sea resort of el-Gouna, Egypt, Sept. 22, 2017.
AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty
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The 45-year-old Waked was never detained over the alleged mid-September incident and did not attend the Saturday hearing in which the court announced its verdict, which lawyer Tareq Said told the AP can, and will, be appealed.Cases of damage to property like cars or homes rarely go to court in Egypt, where the judiciary is overburdened and court cases often take years before a final ruling is reached.Waked was a vocal participant in the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak's 29-year, authoritarian rule and he's been critical of President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi – the general-cum-president who in 2013 led the ouster of Islamist Mohammad Morsi, the elected president whose one-year rule proved divisive.Waked's lawyer told the court Saturday that the charge against his client was fabricated, hinting the case may be politically motivated.
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