Middle East Egyptian activist sentenced to five years in prison

The verdict in the retrial of Alaa Abdel-Fattah reduced an earlier 15-year prison sentence for organizing an unauthorized protest.

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An Egyptian court sentenced an icon of the 2011 uprising to five years in prison on Monday, in the latest sign of authorities' determination to stifle dissent despite promises by the president to release "wrongly jailed youths."