Egypt court acquits 11 of illegal protesting

Ahram Online , Tuesday 23 Feb 2016

The 11 demonstrators were arrested on October bridge in Cairo while commemorating the fourth anniversary of the Mohamed Mahmoud clashes

A Cairo misdemeanor court acquitted on Tuesday 11 people on charges of illegal protesting and blocking traffic last November on the fourth anniversary of the deadly Mohamed Mahmoud clashes.

Cairo prosecution referred the 11 demonstrators to misdemeanor court after they were arrested on October bridge for illegal protesting.

Prosecution accused the defendants of protesting without authorisation, illegal assembly, and blocking traffic.  

Egypt’s protest law, passed in November 2013, stipulates jail sentences of one to three years and fines for those participating in unauthorised protests.

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