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Egypt court acquits 13 juveniles over Red Sea islands protests

Ahram Online , Sunday 23 Oct 2016
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Egypt's juvenile misdemeanour court has ordered the acquittal of thirteen juveniles arrested for protesting against the Egyptian-Saudi Red Sea islands deal in Downtown last April.

The thirteen minors were accused at the time of participating in riots, inciting illegal assembly, disrupting traffic, cutting off roads, and spreading false news.

The Egyptian government’s decision in early April to cede sovereignty over the islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia sparked widespread public outcry and protests.

Dozens of protesters were arrested in April and put on trial but most of them have been released after paying heavy fines.

The maritime deal is currently being challenged in Egypt’s Administrative Court, with the government appealing a verdict that annulled the deal in June. The next hearing is set for November 7.
 

 

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