CAIRO – An Egyptian court sentenced 230 people, including one of the leading activists behind the country’s 2011 uprising, to life in prison after convicting them Wednesday of taking part in clashes between protesters and security forces later that year.
All were tried in absentia except Ahmed Douma, a secular activist who is already serving a three-year-sentence for breaking a draconian law regulating protests. Thirty other people, all minors, were sentenced to 10 years in prison.
The ruling, which can be appealed, is the heaviest sentence yet against the secular activists who spearheaded the mass protests four years ago that forced longtime autocratic President Hosni Mubarak to step down.
WATCH: U.S. State Department spokeswoman says the U.S. urges Egypt to consider individual cases.
In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the U.S. was “deeply troubled”…
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