Egypt: Egypt releases prominent activist and rights lawyer Mahinour El-Masry

August 14, 2016

Egypt releases prominent activist and rights lawyer Mahinour El-Masry

Egyptian authorities released several political prisoners on Saturday after more than a year of imprisonment.

Among those freed were human rights lawyer, Mahinour al-Masry and journalist Yousif Shaaban who were jailed for “storming” an Alexandria police station in 2013.

The two were sentenced with a 20 year sentence along with eight others on charges of “protesting without authorisation, damaging property” and “injuring policemen” however a retrial in May 2015 saw the defendants sentenced to a decreased 15 months.

While imprisoned, El-Masry was awarded the 2014 Ludovic Trarieux Award for her contributions to the defence of human rights.

In January, a source told The New Arab that Egypt’s President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi was expected to issue pardons for 100 convicts on the anniversary of the January 25 revolution, in an attempt to ward of mass anti-government protests.

The 2015 pardons that included some imprisoned revolutionaries and left-wing activists did not boost Sisi’s popularity among these groups.

 

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2016/8/13/egypt-releases-prominent-activist-and-rights-lawyer-mahinour-el-masry

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http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/latest-victories/good-news-egypt-mahienour-el-massry-and-youssef-shaaban-released-loay-el-kahwagy-soon-to-be-realease

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/239223/Egypt/Politics-/DW-drops-Egyptian-journalist-after-FB-post-calling.aspx

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2016/08/19/deutsche-welle-sacks-employees-inciting-mahienour-el-masry/

Egypt Mahienour el-Massry released

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