Egyptian protesters chant slogans during a demonstration in Cairo on April 25, 2016, against the handing over of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia (AFP)
An Egyptian court ordered Monday the release of 14 individuals who were arrested from cafes around downtown Cairo and accused of planning a recent round of anti-island deal protests.
They were released prending investigation on a bail of EGP 10,000 for some and EGP 20,000 for others.
Security forces had arrested scores of young people from cafes in downtown Cairo and throughout the country ahead of planned protests on 25 April.
The protests, planned to coincide with Sinai Liberation Day, were pre-empted by security forces that deployed around the Journalists Syndicate downtown Cairo, the announced site of the day's protests in the capital, then quickly dispersed small last-minute alternative gatherings in Dokki.
Those arrested included American University in Cairo student Ibrahim Tamer, who was stopped at Cairo International Airport on April 24 on his way to Greece.
Last Saturday, a court had ordered the release of the 14 detainees, but the prosecution appealed the decision.
On Monday, the court ruled for their release and rejected the prosecution’s appeal.
The 25 April protests were called as a continuation of protests which broke out across the country on 15 April after an Egyptian-Saudi maritime border agreement recognised Saudi sovereignty over the Red Sea Islands of Tiran and Sanafir.