Saturday, December 7, 2013

Egyptian appeals court reduces sentences of women protesters

Egyptian women supporters of ousted President Mohammed MorsiAn 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.

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