22 students released pending investigations over Islands protests
Two Red Sea islands

CAIRO: A total of 22 students, who were arrested on April 15 for protesting the handover of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, were released Wednesday pending investigations, stated Qasr al-Nile Misdemeanor Court Wednesday.

The students have appealed against their remand to perform their final academic exams, Youm7 reported. The Court also adjourned their trial to June 1 until the end of their final semester exams.

On April 15, security forces arrested 25 people, including three minors, outside the Journalists’ Syndicate when thousands of people were protesting the deal signed between Cairo and Riyadh, which saw Egypt relinquish control of two islands, Tiran and Sanafir, to Saudi Arabia.

The protesters face charges of inciting riots, allegedly demonstrating without prior permission, blocking roads and assaulting security personnel outside the Journalists’ Syndicate in downtown Cairo.

There are two legal cases against a total of 73 people who were arrested on April 25. They were protesting against the arrests made on April 15 and against the handover of the two islands.

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