10/26/2014 08:47 am ET Updated Oct 27, 2014

Egypt Jails 23 Young Activists For Protesting

CAIRO, Oct 26 (Reuters) - An Egyptian court sentenced 23 young activists to three years in jail on Sunday for violating a law that forbids protesting without a permit, judicial sources said.

The activists, among them a 28-year-old lawyer with a prominent local rights organization, were arrested in June after protesting against a law passed last year that bans demonstrations held without the approval of the police.

They were also found guilty of blocking off a road during the protest, among other charges. The court fined those sentenced 10,000 Egyptian pounds($1,400). (1 US dollar = 7.1500 Egyptian pound)

(Reporting By Maggie Fick; Editing by Rosalind Russell)