Facebook posts gets lawyer 10 years jail time


An Egyptian human rights lawyer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, five years house arrest and banned from social media for posts made on Facebook.

A criminal court said that he had used the social media platform to “destabilize the general order” and “harm national unity and social peace” of the country.

The lawyer, Mohamed Ramadan, was sentenced in absentia as he did not attend the session, posted on his Facebook page that the verdict was issued by “the judiciary of the counter-revolution”.

Ramadan, a lawyer based in Alexandria, was sentenced under a controversial 2015 counter-terrorism law, that defines terrorism to include a wide range of actions, including propagating ideas and beliefs that call for use of violence via social media.

He did not say when he would hand himself over to police.