Yehia Qallash at a protest rally outside the Journalist Syndicate headquarters in Cairo. Photo: 4 May 2016

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Yehia Qallash took half in protests outdoors the union’s headquarters in Cairo earlier this 12 months

The top of the journalists’ union in Egypt and his two colleagues have been sentenced to 2 years in jail for “harbouring fugitives”.

A courtroom in Cairo additionally allowed Yehia Qallash and board members Gamal Abdel Rahim and Khaled al-Balshy to pay a $630-bail (£510) pending an attraction.

In Could, police raided the union’s headquarters within the capital, arresting two opposition journalists.

The 2 had sought shelter within the constructing from arrest warrants.

They’re accused of inciting protests towards a call by the Egyptian authorities to hand over two islands in the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia.

Critics of President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi have condemned the switch of the islands as unconstitutional and missing in transparency.

Dozens of Egyptian and overseas journalists had been briefly detained or arrested earlier this 12 months whereas protecting protests over Mr Sisi’s determination.

Mr Sisi, who has suppressed all dissent since main the navy’s overthrow of democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi following mass protests in 2013, stated on the time that “evil” forces had been conspiring to destabilise the state.