Alexandria court acquits 11 defendants of illegal protest against Red Sea island deal

Ahram Online , Wednesday 25 Oct 2017

File Photo: Protests against the Red Sea islands deal in Cairo's Dokki district on April 25 (Photo: AFP)

An Alexandria misdeameanour appeal court acquitted on Wednesday 11 defendants, including 7 lawyers, of charges of organizing an Illegal protest in June 2017 against parliament's decison to vote on the 2016 Red Sea island deal between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

A lower court had earlier fined seven of the defendants EGP 350,000 for violating the 2013 protest law by demonstrating without a permit.

On 14 June, the Egyptian parliament voted to approve the Red Sea island deal, which transfered sovereignty over the two islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ratified the agreement on the 24th of the same month.  

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