Egyptian judge jails democracy activist for 3 years for 'insulting court'

December 9, 2014 15:44

CAIRO - Egyptian pro-democracy activist Ahmed Douma was sentenced to three years in jail on Tuesday after he accused the judge of bias and denounced his trial on charges of violence against the state as political.

Douma was a leading youth figure in the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak at the height of the "Arab Spring." He is accused of attacking the cabinet office building and security forces when clashes erupted during a sit-in there in 2011.

Douma also took part in demonstrations that led to the army's overthrow of elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, but he later mobilized against the military's political role and a law that severely restricts street protest.

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