50 policemen sentenced to 3 years for striking

South Sinai Criminal Court sentenced 50 policemen on Thursday to three years in prison for charges related to a strike they held last January in protest over changes to their holiday allowances, the official Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported

The court charged the policemen with illegal assembly, sabotage of state assets and endangering citizens, sentencing 10 of them to three years in prison and a LE500 fine, and 40 others to three years, in addition to termination of their employment.

The policemen held a two-day strike in January at South Sinai Security Directorate over alterations to the work system, which originally consisted of 15 days work and 15 days vacation, and was changed to 20 days work and 10 days vacation.

Security forces dispersed the sit-in and arrested 87 protesters, 50 of whom were referred to trial. The remaining 37 were referred to internal investigation.