CAIRO: The Qasr el Nil Misdemeanors Court on Saturday overturned an earlier judicial ruling sentenced 33 people to two years in jail for staging a protest demanding the annulment of Egypt government’s decision to acknowledge Saudi Arabian sovereignty over the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir, Youm7 reported.
In mid-may and after three hearing sessions, an Egyptian court sentenced 51 people to two-year jail terms with hard labor for anti-government protests. They appealed the verdict and the court accepted the appeal of only 33.
In mid-April, Egypt announced that the islands of Tiran and Sanafir are Saudi territories; both sides reached an agreement, per which Egypt relinquished control of the islands of Tiran and Sanafir, located at the entrance of Al-Aqaba Gulf in the Red Sea.
The accord has stirred public anger, pushing thousands of people to take to the streets on April 15 when a total of 25 other protesters were arrested.
However, on April 25, students, activists, and journalists protested again against the decision and a total of 73 people, including the 51 defendants, were arrested.
Protests without a prior approval from the Ministry of Interior are banned under Egypt’s Protest Law that was issued in 2013.