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Activist Mahienour El-Massry to be released from prison

Activist Mahienour El-Massry to be released from prison

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Egyptian human rights lawyer and activist Mahienour El-Massry is set to be released from prison after an Alexandria court ruled to suspend her prison sentence.

Often dubbed as a voice of the revolution and a champion of women’s rights, Mahienour El-Massry had been primarily sentenced to two years in prison for violating Egypt’s controversial protest law before having her sentence reduced to six months.

In July, the court accepted Mahienour’s appeal to reduce her sentence but upheld her EGP 50,000 fine.

Mahienour has already spent four months in prison but is expected to be released within the coming 24 hours, reported local media.

The 28-year-old and eight others had been sentenced to prison earlier this year for an “unauthorized protest.”

The young activist had participated in a protest on December 3rd 2013 to call for justice and retribution for Khaled Saeed, the man who was tortured to death in late 2010 and later became one of the symbols of Egypt’s January 25 revolution.

In June, Mahienour was awarded the Ludovic Trarieux Award, an international honour given annually to a lawyer for contributions to the defence of human rights.

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