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Egypt jails blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah for five years

AN Egyptian court has jailed blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah, who played a key role during the 2011 uprising, for five years for breaking protest laws.

He was previously given a 15-year jail term, but was freed on bail last year.

Alaa Abdel Fattah gained fame as a blogger and pro-democracy campaigner against former President Hosni Mubarak.

Separately, Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed have appeared in an Egyptian court for a brief hearing before their retrial.

The men were freed on bail earlier this month and their retrial was due to have started today.

It has now been postponed to 8 March, according to the Associated Press news agency.



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