Tiran and Sanafir protesters detained in Cairo pending investigation

Ahram Online , Wednesday 4 Jan 2017

The defendants are facing charges including thuggery and illegal assembly

A Cairo prosecutor ordered on Wednesday evening the detention of 12 people for four days pending investigation for allegedly protesting against the approval of the Egyptian-Saudi Red Sea island deal by the Egyptian cabinet last week.

The defendants are accused of illegal protesting, assaulting public officials, thuggery, illegal assembly, damaging public property and blocking traffic.

The defendants were arrested on Monday after allegedly gathering at the Journalists Syndicate in Cairo to protest the cabinet's approval of the deal despite the lack of a court verdict on a lawsuit challenging the agreement.

Egypt’s cabinet referred last Thursday the border demarcation agreement to parliament after approving the deal, which would place the Egyptian-controlled Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir under Saudi Arabian sovereignty.

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