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Egyptian Court sentences opposition figure to 3 months in prison

Former Egyptian Presidential Candidate and opposition figure, Khaled Ali, was sentenced to three months in jail on Monday over charges of indecency.

This is a verdict that is likely to prevent him from running the 2018 presidential election.

An Egyptian misdemeanour court ordered Ali to pay a bail of 56.60 dollars.

Ali did not attend Monday’s session held in Cairo’s Dokki area.

The verdict could be appealed but if upheld, Ali would be banned by law from running in the elections.

He was widely expected to run against President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi in 2018 elections.

The court convicted Ali of public indecency for making an obscene gesture outside a Cairo courthouse in January when he won a case against a government deal to transfer sovereignty of the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia.

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