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Leading Egyptian activist freed on bail

Alaa Abdel Fattah was released on bail on Monday and will have his case transferred to another court.

Alaa Abdel Fattah (C) was released on bail today and will have his case transferred to another court. Picture: AFP.

CAIRO - A leading Egyptian activist, charged with violating a law that seeks to curtail protests, was released on bail on Monday and will have his case transferred to another court.

Alaa Abdel Fattah was a leading secular figure in the 2011 revolt that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak.

Abdel Fattah has already been convicted in absentia in June over the charges, and was given a 15-year prison sentence. The court that freed him on bail on Monday was retrying him following his arrest.

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