Red Sea Islands: Egyptian court acquits 51 in protests case
The controversial agreement between Cairo and Riyadh sparked widespread anger in Egypt, leading to several protests. (Twitter)
A Cairo misdemeanour court acquitted on Tuesday 51 from charges of illegally protesting on 25 April in downtown Cairo against a recent Egypt-Saudi deal that redrew maritime borders between the two countries.
The prosecutors had referred the defendants to court on charges of protesting without a permit as per the country's Protest Law.
The Cairo and Riyadh deal, which placed the islands of Tiran and Sanafir in the Red Sea in Saudi waters, has sparked widespread anger and led to several protests.
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