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Egypt Sentences 230 People To Life In Prison, Including Activist Ahmed Douma

Ahmed Douma was a lead figure in the 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Hosni Mubarak.

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 1:06 p.m. ET

Posted on February 4, 2015, at 8:25 a.m. ET

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Prominent liberal activist Ahmed Douma was, along with 229 others, sentenced to life in prison by an Egyptian court on Wednesday.

Douma was a lead figure in the 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Hosni Mubarak. He also participated in demonstrations against Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and the role the military played in Egypt.

Along with the sentence, Douma was fined 17 million Egyptian pounds, approximately $2 million.

A total of 230 people were sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for taking part in the mass protests four years ago. The decision can be appealed, according to the Associated Press.

The judge who delivered the sentence, Mohammed Nagi Shehat, had sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to prison. The three journalists were convicted of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood, which the government considers a terrorist organization following Morsi's fall.

In December 2014, Douma was sentenced to three years in jail for contempt of court, after accusing an Egyptian judge of bias for making anti-opposition comments on Facebook. Douma was found to have "insulted the court."

Just two days ago, an Egyptian court upheld the death sentence for 183 people convicted of an attack on a police station near Cairo in 2013.

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