152 Egyptians jailed for demonstrating peacefully

This video says about itself:

Diving in Tiran Island at Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

18 October 2015

Tiran (Arabic: جزيرة تيران‎ Jazīrat Tīrān, aka Jezîret Tīrān and Yotvat Island, is an Egyptian-administered island that is also claimed by Saudi Arabia. It is located at the entrance of the Straits of Tiran, which separates the Red Sea from the Gulf of Aqaba. It has an area of about 80 km2 (30 sq mi). It is part of the Ras Muhammad National Park. … The island is currently inhabited only by military personnel from Egypt and the Multinational Force and Observers [MFO].

That was in 2015; before Egyptian military dictator Sisi controversially handed over Tiran island, and Sanafir island, to the king of Saudi Arabia.

This video says about itself:

Protests in Cairo over Egypt-Saudi Tiran and Sanafir island deal

16 April 2016

Thousands in the Egyptian capital Cairo have protested President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi decision to hand over two islands to Saudi Arabia.

Sisi’s government last week announced the uninhabited islands of Tiran and Sanafir will be demarcated as being in Saudi waters.

From Reuters news agency:

Sat May 14, 2016 4:53pm EDT

Egyptian court jails 152 people over islands protest

An Egyptian court sentenced 152 protesters on Saturday to between two and five years in prison each after they demonstrated against a decision to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, judicial sources and state media said.

Hundreds of police officers were deployed in central Cairo on April 25 to quell protests against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi‘s decision to hand over Tiran and Sanafir islands.

More than 200 people are being tried in connection with the protests, the judicial sources said.

Of those sentenced on Saturday, 101 received five-year prison terms and 51 received two-year sentences, judicial sources and the state-owned al-Ahram newspaper said.

The 152 protesters were convicted of breaking a law banning people from protesting without first notifying the Interior Ministry, the judicial sources said.

Defense lawyer Ahmed Helmy said they would appeal. “There is no evidence of guilt,” he told Reuters.

The prosecution did not issue any formal statement on the verdicts.

In similar protests, on April 15, thousands of people had called for “the fall of the regime”, a slogan from the 2011 uprisings which ended Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule … More than 100 people were detained at those protests, security officials said at the time.

AMERICAN PLEADS FOR HELP FROM EGYPTIAN JAIL “’Six months of my life have been wasted with no reason,’ Ahmed Hassan told HuffPost Thursday during a brief phone call permitted by the authorities. ‘Today’s my birthday and I’m in jail right now. … I’m so sad, and physically I’m just down.’” [HuffPost]

6 thoughts on “152 Egyptians jailed for demonstrating peacefully

  1. Monday 16th May 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    OVER 100 protesters were jailed for five years by two Cairo courts at the weekend after being convicted of taking part in peaceful anti-government demonstrations last month.
    They were found guilty of breaking a 2013 law that effectively bans street protests.
    Of the 101, 79 were fined 100,000 Egyptian pounds (£7,000) each and 54 were convicted and sentenced in absentia.
    The sentences were passed late on Saturday, hours after another Cairo court sentenced 51 protesters to two years in jail for their part in last month’s demonstrations.
    The protests were called to denounce to Egypt’s decision to hand over control of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia as part of a demarcation deal.
    The agreement, negotiated in almost total secrecy, has prompted mounting criticism of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.
    Activists claim that the transfer was a surrender to oil-rich Saudi Arabia, which announced a multibillion-dollar aid package to Egypt last month.



  2. Wednesday 8th June 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    EGYPT’S former top anti-corruption auditor Hisham Genena went on trial in Cairo yesterday charged with spreading “false news” and disturbing the country’s security.

    Mr Genena, a former judge who until recently headed the Central Auditing Organisation, is one of the highest officials to face charges.

    He went public last December, saying that corruption was costing the country billions, with £46.3 billion lost to corruption in 2015 alone.

    He later claimed to have been misquoted, clarifying that his remarks referred to the last four-year period.

    President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi sacked Mr Genena in March after an investigation that concluded that the auditor had misled the public.

    The removal capped a series of measures that critics say were aimed at punishing the chief auditor for speaking up against corruption.



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