CAIRO: Some 13 fisherman arrived in Egypt early Wednesday after being deported from Sudan, Youm7 reported.
The fishermen had been charged with breaching Sudanese territorial waters in 2014, but the charges were dropped Saturday, the Sudan News Agency (SUNA) reported.
“For the country’s sake and the bilateral relations between both countries, and in light of the Minister of Justice’s powers per the Article 58 of the 1991 Criminal Code, the Minister of Justice has decided to drop the criminal charge, and release all the defendants immediately,” the Ministry told SUNA.
A total of 101 Egyptian fishermen were detained in April 2014, two weeks after entering into Sudanese territorial waters.
Sudan had previously commuted prison sentences and a 5,000 EGP ($638) fine against the Egyptian fishermen over charges of crossing into Sudanese waters. The fishermen, however, were still standing trial in Sudan on charges of spying; their hearing was adjourned to July 28.
However, in August 2015, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir pardoned the imprisoned 101 Egyptian fishermen, following talks with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. Reciprocally, Egypt has pardoned 44 Sudanese people accused for trying to illegally enter Egyptian territories.