Middle East

Egypt court orders arrest of leading activist Abdel Fattah

Egypt’s most prominent activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah arrives outside a court that convicted 23 activists of staging an illegal demonstration and sentenced them each to three years in jail, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Hussein Tallal)

CAIRO: An Egyptian court detained leading activist Alaa Abdel Fattah and 20 others Monday pending a retrial on charges of breaking a law that seeks to curb protests, judicial sources said.

Abdel Fattah, a well-known secular figure in the 2011 revolt that ended Hosni Mubarak's rule, and 24 fellow activists had been freed on bail last month pending a retrial after the presiding judge in their case stepped aside.

The first hearing in their retrial was held on Monday and the 21 activists who were attended were all detained. The remaining four were absent, but the court also ordered that they be detained.

The judge set Nov. 11 as the date of the next hearing.

 

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