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Egypt court jails 51 for protests over Saudi island deal

A protester sits in front of riot policemen during a demonstration on April 15, 2016 outside the Journalists' Syndicate in central Cairo against a controversial deal to hand two islands in the Red Sea to Saudi ArabiaAn Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced 51 people to two years in prison for protests against the handover of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, judicial officials and lawyers said. Defence lawyers Hossam al-Khadrawy and Ahmed Abdel-Latif confirmed the verdict, which they said can be appealed. Police had quickly dispersed protests against the islands deal on April 25 and arrested dozens of people.

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