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Prominent Egyptian blogger fined for 'insulting judiciary'

Ahmed Douma reacts to a 2013 trial for charges of insulting Morsi [Getty]

Date of publication: 25 February, 2018

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Ahmed Douma was a central figure of the 2011 Egyptian uprisings and has famously been jailed by each consecutive government.

One of the leading activists of the 2011 Egyptian uprisings was fined 10,000 LE ($565) on Saturday during his re-trial over insulting the judiciary, AP reported. 

Saturday's ruling on Ahmed Douma is a response to his appeal against a December 2014 ruling that sentenced him to three years in jail plus the fine.

During the 2014 trial, Douma accused the presiding judge of violating Egypt's laws by publicly expressing political views.

Specifically, Douma said the judge published "extreme" political views on his Facebook account, according to Egypt Today.

In 2015, Douma was sentenced to life in prison and slapped with a 17 million LE ($960,000) fine in a separate trial. The "Cabinet Clashes" related to skirmishes between protesters and security forces outside Egypt’s cabinet building in 2011.

Douma, along with 268 defendants, were charged for the 2011 incident.

Douma, a prominent blogger and activist, has famously been arrested under each consecutive Egyptian government.

Egypt has begun a wide-ranging crackdown on activists and journalists since the 2013 ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi.

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