Egypt: Court jails 50 policemen 3 years for striking

An Egyptian court sentenced 50 policemen to three years in prison on Thursday for organising a strike against their working conditions in January, Egypt’s official news agency MENA reported.

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The south Sinai court also terminated 40 of the defendants from their jobs and fined them 500 Egyptian pounds each in addition to a sum of 6,000 collectively for damages, MENA said.

The defendants were arrested and referred to Egypt’s general prosecution in January after organising a strike to denounce an interior ministry decision to reduce their vacation days and increase their work hours.

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They were charged with striking, inciting violence and intimidating security forces.


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