(FILES) A photo take on December 26, 2011, shows Egyptian blogger and activist Alaa Abdel Fattah speaking during a TV interview at his house in Cairo, a day after his release. AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTE
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An Egyptian court on Sunday ordered the release on bail pending trial of a prominent activist charged with breaking a new law that heavily restricts protests, after he spent nearly four months in jail.The case against Alaa Abdel-Fattah and 24 other defendants was criticized by rights groups. Egyptian authorities arrested Abdel-Fattah, a leading figure in the 2011 uprising against autocrat Hosni Mubarak, in November. The presiding judge Mohammed el-Fikki, agreed, ordering their release and set bail at 10,000 Egyptian pounds (about $1,400).The case of Abdel-Fattah has, however, gained particular attention.Three other prominent secular activists have since been sentenced to three years for violating the law since Abdel-Fattah's arrest, in December. The New York-based Human Rights Watch said in February that Egyptian authorities have "demonstrated almost zero tolerance for any form of dissent," adding that the crackdown included journalists, demonstrators, and others who express their opinions on Twitter. Like many of his peers from the 2011 uprising, Abdel-Fattah was opposed to the rule of Morsi. Abdel-Fattah, also a blogger, is not new to being jailed by authorities.Abdel-Fattah denies he has called for the protest for which he is charged, and which he didn't attend.
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