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Seven jailed over illegal protest in Egypt

An Egyptian court has jailed seven people for eight years each after they were convicted of taking part in an illegal street protest and plotting "terror".

The seven were arrested on April 27, two days after a series of street protests against the government's decision to surrender control over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia as part of a border demarcation deal.

The verdict also slapped a 500-pound (£35) fine on each of the seven defendants, who come from Kerdasa, an Islamist stronghold in greater Cairo.

They were also accused of spreading rumours and incitement.

A 2013 law has effectively banned demonstrations in Egypt. Media reports this week suggested parliamentarians may amend the law to remove provisions for imprisonment.

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