Egyptian teen receives one month jail over posters protesting Red Sea island deal

Ahram Online , Monday 10 Oct 2016

The 17-year-old was charged with 'spreading false news' and 'possession of printed material that aims to endanger public safety'

A Cairo misdemeanor court sentenced on Monday a minor to one month in prison and an EGP 100 fine for hanging posters condemning a government decision to hand over control of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.    

The 17-year-old was charged with “spreading false news” and “possession of printed material that aims to endanger public safety” after hanging posters in a metro station in south Cairo against the April decision to hand over the islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia.

Dozens were arrested in the weeks that followed the announcement of the deal for protesting the controversial decision, which is currently being challenged in court.

In June, Egypt's administrative court ruled that the border demarcation agreement is void and that the islands are to remain under Egyptian sovereignty.

However, the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters accepted in September a government appeal against the administrative court verdict, though the High Administrative Court is yet to rule on the matter.

Most of those arrested in the backdrop of the April protests have been released after paying hefty fines. 

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