A similar verdict was made on February 23 in respect to another activist – Ahmed Abdulrahman.
Abdel Fattah personally considers the trial a farce, and his lawyer vowed to appeal the court’s decision.
Fattah and 25 other activists were arrested for participating in unsanctioned rallies and for calls to overthrow the government in 2013. In June of 2014 he was sentenced to 15 years in prison, but after a while the conviction was overturned amid widespread protests. In October of 2014, the investigation was resumed and Fattah and his supporters were again taken into custody.
Alaa Abdel Fattah was one of the first people who started running a political blog in Egypt where he criticized the government’s actions. He also took an active part in the revolution of 2011, which resulted in the overthrow of then-President Hosni Mubarak. Fattah was among the participants of the meetings on the Cairo’s Tahrir Square, and on the Internet he called for an overthrow of the head of state.