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Egyptian activist once jailed by Mubarak, now sentenced under Morsi

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) denounces the Manshiyyah misdemeanour court's unfair two-year prison sentence handed down to political activist Hassan Mustafa based on clashes that took place in front of the court in January as a result of protests that were calling for retribution for Egypt's revolutionary martyrs.

The public prosecution pressed charges against Mustafa. He was charged with assaulting deputy general attorney Ahmed Darwish during the interrogation of 27 protesters who were arrested by security officials during clashes near the criminal court and the Alexandria security directorate.

It is worth mentioning that similar charges were trumped up against him at the time of former President Hosni Mubarak; he was sentenced to two months' imprisonment.

"The activist played a pivotal role in exposing a torture case which led to the death of Khaled Saaed," said ANHRI, "his opposition to the authorities did not end when Mubarak was ousted, but persisted. It is likely that the charges pressed against him were due to his use of his legitimate right to freedom of expression, they wanted to silence him."

ANHRI announces its full solidarity with the activist, the organisation also demands that the authorities release Mustafa and reconsider the sentence issued against him from a legal viewpoint.

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