Political activist Ahmed Douma sentences to 15 years in prison
Human rights was again part of the conversation after a Cairo Criminal Court handed down a 15-year sentence and EGP 6 mn fine to political activist Ahmed Douma for his involvement rioting and assaulting security personnel in 2011. The sentence can be appealed within 60 days, Reuters notes. The story has been widely covered in the foreign press, with Turkey’s Anadolu Agency and the Associated Press among those taking note.
Meanwhile, Egyptian authorities have confirmed detaining 23-year-old Egyptian-German student Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Germany’s Foreign Ministry stated, according to Deutsche Welle (DW). Aziz and 18-year-old Isa El Sabbagh, also an Egyptian-German student, went missing while visiting Egypt last month. Aziz, who is enrolled in an Islamic studies program in Saudi Arabia and was on holiday to visit his grandparents in Egypt with his brother Malik, was detained upon arrival at Cairo International Airport for as of yet undisclosed reasons. The whereabouts of El Sabbagh, meanwhile, have yet to be revealed.