Egypt: 230 sentenced to life over violence, including leading activist behind 2011 uprising

An Egyptian court has sentenced 230 people, including one of the leading activists behind the country’s 2011 uprising, to life in prison after finding them guilty of taking part in clashes between protesters and security forces.

Judge Mohammed Nagi Shehata issued the ruling on Wednesday against the 230, who include secular activist Ahmed Douma. Douma is already serving a three-year-sentence for breaking a draconian law regulating protests. Wednesday’s ruling can be appealed.

It is the heaviest sentence yet against the secular activists who spearheaded the mass protests four years ago that forced longtime autocratic President Hosni Mubarak to step down.

The case is connected to clashes in central Cairo in December 2011, during which a fire gutted parts of a library housing rare manuscripts and books.

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