Egypt hands exiled businessman life sentence over protests

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An Egyptian military court on Sunday sentenced in absentia a Spain-based critic of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to life in prison over calls for anti-government protests, state media reported. Mohamed Ali, a construction contractor and fledgeling actor, burst onto Egypt’s political scene in 2019 when videos he posted on social media accusing Sisi and the military elite of corruption went viral. His posts, filmed from Spain where he has lived for several years, racked up millions of views and briefly sparked a wave of small-scale but boisterous demonstrations by hundreds of people in the Nort…

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