On Wednesday an Egyptian court ruled to uphold the detention of former presidential candidate and prominent lawyer Khalid Ali for a three-month period. A judicial source told local media outlets that the Dokki appeals court ‘west of capital Cairo’ had sentenced Ali after convicting him of “making obscene hand gestures” outside a Cairo court early last year.
A member of Ali’s defense team Mohamed Issa, told that the sentence was still subject to appeal before Egypt’s Court of Cassation, the country’s highest appellate court.
Ali later withdrew his candidacy, however, attributing the move to intimidation by the al-Sisi regime — an allegation denied by the latter.
Ali ran in Egypt’s 2012 presidential poll, which was ultimately won by Mohamed Morsi, the country’s first freely elected president, and a Muslim Brotherhood leader. ‘Morsi was later ousted following only one year in power in a bloody military coup’.