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Hundreds mourn famed Egyptian rights advocate

A protester waves an Egyptian flag in Tahrir Square in Cairo November 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

CAIRO: Hundreds of Egyptian activists, lawyers and other admirers are gathering to pay a final farewell to one of the country's leading civil rights advocates, a lawyer who represented Islamists, atheists and homosexuals and worked to hold Egypt's decades-old police state accountable for torture and abuse.

The funeral of 63-year-old Ahmed Seif is being held in a Cairo mosque Thursday, a day after he passed away following complications from heart surgery.

Seif's death comes at a time when several of the leading activists behind the 2011 uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, including two of the deceased lawyer's three children, are in jail for violating a controversial protest law.

 

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