86 referred to speedy trial over April 25 protests
Egyptians demonstrate against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Mesaha square in Cairo's Dokki district, Monday, April 25, 2016.

CAIRO: The general prosecution has referred 86 people to speedy trial over involvement in protests that took place April 25 in Dokki district, Giza, to decry transfer of two Red Sea Islands’ sovereignty to Saudi Arabia, Youm7 reported Wednesday.

The referred protesters were rounded up from El-Mesaha Square Monday.

Some 48 of them were released on bail, while 38 were ordered to remain in pre-trial detention.

They are expected to stand trial on April 30 for launching “unlicensed” protests.

Monday was scheduled for nationwide protests accusing the government of “selling the land,” denying claims that the islands originally belonged to the Kingdom.

However, forces reportedly have dispersed gatherings once they were formed, and blocked roads leading to meeting points announced on social media, including the Journalists Syndicate.

Over 200 people, including journalists, were reportedly arrested on that day, according to rights groups. The exact total number of those still in detention has not yet been disclosed.

In Agouza district, some 16 were released on bail ranged from 300 EGP ($35) to1000 EGP, while nine were ordered detention for four days pending investigations, Youm7 reported.

Front for Defending Egypt’s Protesters campaign said that some 62 were investigated Wednesday over Monday demonstrations at Kasr el-Nil. The campaign added that around 30 of them were released on bail of 300-1000 EGP, while the rest were ordered detention for four days.

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