Cairo – An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced a pro-democracy activist to four years in prison for spreading false news, a defense lawyer has said.
Similar allegations have often been made against critics of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s government. Many activists have been jailed for years on the same charges, often without trial.
Monday’s verdict can be appealed to the high court.
Abdel-Hadi was arrested in January 2019 before the vote on the controversial constitutional amendment, which extended L-CC’s second four-year term to six years and allowed him to run for another six-year term. It has also given greater power to the military. The change means the president can stay in power until 2030.
L-CC was elected president in 2014 and re-elected in 2018 when all potentially serious rivals were either sent to jail or forced out of the race.
The government has cracked down on dissent in recent years, sending thousands of people to prison, mainly Islamist but also secular activists involved in the 2011 Arab Spring uprising that toppled longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak, who has been in power for nearly 30 years.