Three years jail for 50 Egyptian police who went on strike


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

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 vacation days and increase work hours.

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