Judge finds Egyptian activist in contempt of court, sentences him to 3 years in jail

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An Egyptian judge has found one of the leading figures of the country's 2011 uprising to be in contempt of court, sentencing him to three years imprisonment and a $1,400 fine.

Judge Mohammed Nagi Shehata issued the ruling after pro-democracy activist Ahmed Douma spoke at his trial on Tuesday, demanding the court find him guilty because he was convinced it had already decided to convict him.

Douma is on trial for his alleged role in clashes in central Cairo between security forces and protesters in December 2011, during which a fire gutted parts of a library housing rare manuscripts and books.

In detention for about a year, the activist is already serving a three-year sentence for breaking a draconian law regulating street protests. Tuesday's ruling can be appealed.