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Syrian detainee might face deportation despite paying fine

The Syrian detainee was arrested during the anti-government protests on 25 April

Syrian detainee Hesham Zoheir is currently being held in the National Security building, with the possibility of release still unknown despite paying the fine, according to the Agouza Police Station.

Zoheir was included among more than 47 others who received heavy fines of up to EGP 100,000 after protesting on 25 April against the demarcation deal over Tiran and Sanafir islands.

The court rejected the detainees’ requests to break the heavy fine into smaller instalments, demanding detainees pay the whole sum at once or serve a three-month penalty sentence for not paying the fine.

Lawyer Fatma Serag told Daily News Egypt that Zoheir might face deportation because he is a refugee. He is currently being held by National Security until the general prosecution decides whether he will be deported or not.

The Dokki and Agouza misdemeanor court overturned the 5-year prison sentence that was handed to the 47 defendants who were charged with illegal protesting in late May.

However, the court ordered a total fine of EGP 4.7m to be paid, which amounts to EGP 100,000 per detainee.

The nationwide anti-government protests that occurred on 25 April opposed the transfer of sovereignty of Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia. Several individuals were randomly arrested during the protests, and others were arrested in light of the security arrangements that took place before 25 April.

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