Apr 13, 2017

Egypt lawyer gets 10 years, social media ban for Facebook posts

Ramadan was convicted, under a 2015 law, of using Facebook to harm unity and create instability. Mahienour al-Masry, a lawyer representing Ramadan, said his client was in hospital as the case was heard, the Mada Masr website reports. The court ignored requests to adjourn the hearing and Ramadan was tried in absentia, the lawyer said. On his Facebook page, Ramadan said he had been convicted by "The judiciary of the counter-revolution", according to the Associated Press news agency. In addition to the 10-year jail term, the court in Alexandria ordered that Ramadan remain under house arrest for a further five years, during which he will be banned from using social media.

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