Via the Province
An Egyptian judicial official says a military tribunal has acquitted more than a dozen protesters, but handed prison sentences to a dozen others on charges of assaulting the army during clashes over an island in southern Cairo.
The case of the disputed Qursayah Island has been a rallying point for rights groups for the past six years.
The Egyptian military has been trying to expel villagers, saying the island is military property.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, says the court on Wednesday ruled on 26 defendants arrested in clashes with the military in November.
The official says the court acquitted 14 protesters, sentenced 11 to three months in prison and handed one a five-year prison term.