Trials in Egypt on Dec. 30 resulted in over 20 convictions with years in prison and heavy fines against the accused, many of whom were pro-democracy and left-wing activists, in three different courts in Cairo and Alexandria.
Mahienour El-Massry, a young human rights lawyer, received a sentence of two years in prison. It was the same for Moatasem Medhat of the Bread and Freedom Party, while another three activists, convicted in absentia, were sentenced to three years each.
The convictions concern the June 14 protests in Alexandria against the agreement that gave two islands, Tiran and Sanafir, to Saudi Arabia. That deal sparked so much outrage that it triggered new manifestations, in spite of a law that de facto prohibits all protests. During the court hearing itself, the police arrested three more people who had improvised a sit-in outside the courthouse in solidarity.