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Tuesday 21 January 2020

Civil rights lawyer and campaigner Ahmed Seif (63) dies

Ahmed Seif, one of Egypt's most prominent civil rights lawyers and campaigners, has died from complications of heart surgery.

The 63-year-old died in a Cairo hospital after spending nearly two weeks in an intensive care unit.

He was one of Egypt's leading rights campaigners, who was imprisoned in the 1970s and 1980s and spent at least five years in jail.

Mr Seif was tortured in detention, and had campaigned against it and other rights abuses since. He also took up hundreds of court cases of activists and Islamists.

Among his last clients were his son, prominent blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah, who was sentenced to 15 years for violating a controversial protest law.

Mr Abdel-Fattah was granted a retrial but remains in detention. Mr Seif's younger daughter is also detained and faces trial for protesting.

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