Egypt appeals court acquits 33 convicted for April protests

April’s protests were the largest since the 2014 election of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi (File Photo: AFP)

An Egyptian defense lawyer says a Cairo appeals court has acquitted 33 protesters sentenced to two years in prison for taking part in anti-government demonstrations.

Sarah Rabie says Sunday that the court’s verdict was issued late the night before.

The 33 are among nearly 300 people arrested for taking part in illegal protests in April over Egypt’s decision to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. Most have been freed without charges, convicted and later acquitted or released on bail.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47