Egyptian court jails 50 policemen

The Egyptian South Sinai Court on Thursday sentenced 50 policemen to three years imprisonment each for organizing a strike to protest their working conditions in January, Egypt’s News Agency MENA reported.

The court also sacked 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.

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.

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

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