September 19, 2018
A Giza misdemeanour appeals court handed on Wednesday a three month suspended sentence to Khaled Ali, the prominent labour rights lawyer and the 2012 presidential candidate, for offending public decency in an incident that dates back to 2017.
According to Egyptian law, Ali has the right to appeal Wednesday’s court decision.
In September 2017, a misdemeanour court had sentenced Ali to three months in prison in the case and ordered a bail of EGP 1000 on charges of ofending public decency by making the middle-finger gesture outside of the State Council headquarters in January 2017.
The incident that led to Ali’s conviction occurred as a crowd gathered to celebrate a successful court ruling won by Ali against the April 2016 Egypt-Saudi border demarcation agreement that placed the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir within Saudia Arabian territory.
Ali appealed the court ruling.