Court in Egypt sentences leading activist to five years in prison
A court in Egypt has sentenced a leading figure in its 2011 revolt to five years in prison following a retrial.
Well-known activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah faced a retrial after he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for taking part in an unauthorised protest and allegedly assaulting a police officer.
The courtroom in Cairo erupted after the verdict, with some shouting: "Down with oppression!"
Abdel-Fattah is a prominent blogger who has been a vocal government critic.
The charges against him stem largely from a law prohibiting protests in Egypt without prior government permission, a measure which followed the military coup which ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in 2013. Activists and rights groups have criticised the law as a way to stop all dissent.
Abdel-Fattah previously said his trial, which included 19 other defendants and five people being tried in absentia, was a farce. He has been on hunger strike.
A robbery charge Abdel-Fattah faced was dropped.
Ahmed Abdel-Rahman, another defendant on trial with him, also received a five-year sentence, while the others received three-year sentences.