CAIRO: A Giza court sentenced seven protesters to eight years in prison over launching unlicensed protests April 25 decrying a deal that transfers two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, Youm7 reported Saturday.
The protesters were also accused of spreading rumors and false news’; their penalty included a fine of 500 EGP ($55) each.
Youm7 reported that security forces arrested the convicts on April 27 over their social media posts that spread false information about the islands deal.
Dozens of people were reportedly arrested during the islands protests, with many sentenced to prison sentences.
On June 5, a Cairo misdemeanor court acquitted 33 people who were sentenced to two years in jail for participating in the same protests.
A total of 47 protesters in another case of islands protest had their five-year prison sentence abolished, while their fine of around 100,000 EGP was upheld.