Egyptian court gives five-year sentences to three April 25 protesters

Published June 27th, 2016 - 09:00 GMT
A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency on April 11, 2016 shows Saudi King Salman shaking hands with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi before leaving Cairo’s international airport. (AFP/File)
A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency on April 11, 2016 shows Saudi King Salman shaking hands with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi before leaving Cairo’s international airport. (AFP/File)

An Egyptian court sentenced on Sunday three protesters to five years in prison, for demonstrating against the Egyptian-Saudi maritime border demarcation agreement signed in April.

The agreement stipulates that two strategic islands, Tiran and Sanafir, fall within Saudi territorial waters.

The accord, which was signed at a time when Saudi King Salman bin Abdel Aziz was on his first official visit to Cairo in April, stirred controversy with critics accusing President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of "selling Egypt" to Saudi Arabia in return for aid.

Thousands of Egyptians took to the streets in rare protests on April 15 and April 25, amid a police campaign of mass arrests of activists opposed to the islands’ transfer. 

The Egyptian government however maintains that both islands belong to Saudi Arabia.

Last week, Egypt’s administrative court annulled the agreement and affirmed that both islands fall within Egypt’s borders.

The State Lawsuit Authority appealed the decision.


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