An Alexandria appeals court reduced the sentence of 14 female Islamist protesters previously sentenced to more than 11 years in jail, to a suspended sentence of one year.
In November a criminal court sentenced the 14 to 11 years and one month for destruction of private
property, attacking security forces and stirring violence. Also it ordered
that seven female minors among the women be
placed in a detention centre until the age of majority. These seven minors, aged 15 to 17, ware acquitted.
The 21 women were arrested in late October during clashes
with residents following a demonstration calling for the reinstatement
of president Mohamed Morsi. The harsh jail sentences handed down to them had sparked outrage in the country.