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Egypt sentences 230 anti Mubarak activists to life

The court also acquitted Mubarak of a corruption charge, but he will remain in prison because he is serving a three-year sentence in a separate corruption case. Photo/ AFP

The court also acquitted Mubarak of a corruption charge, but he will remain in prison because he is serving a three-year sentence in a separate corruption case. Photo/ AFP

CAIRO, Feb 4- An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced to life 230 activists from the 2011 revolt against Hosni Mubarak, including leading campaigner Ahmed Douma, judicial sources said.

Thirty nine other defendants, all minors, were sentenced to 10 years in prison.

All 269 defendants were found guilty of taking part in clashes with security forces near Cairo’s Tahrir Square in December 2011, the sources said.

A life sentence in Egypt is for 25 years.

Wednesday’s ruling, which can be appealed, is the harshest court order delivered so far against non Islamist activists amid a government crackdown overseen by President Abdel Fattah al Sisi.

Hundreds of Islamist supporters of Mubarak’s successor, Mohamed Morsi, have been sentenced to death after often speedy trials.

Douma rose to prominence during the 2011 uprising that ousted Mubarak and was also a key protest leader against Morsi.

He is already serving three years for violating a law prohibiting protests without a permit.

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