Saturday, November 30, 2013

Appeal Date Set for 21 Young Women Given 11 Years in Egyptian Prison

Appeal date set for 21 pro-Morsi female protesters case

Elsayed Gamal El-Deen, Saturday 30 Nov 2013

The appeal in the case of 21 female Islamist protesters handed down harsh sentences will be heard 7 December

Alexandria's Sidi Gaber Misdmeanour Court ordered Saturday that the appeal in the trial of 21 Islamist female protesters would be heard 7 December.

The 21 female protesters, seven of whom are between 15 and 17 years old, were slammed with jail sentences of 11 years and one month by the court for destruction of private property, attacking security forces and stirring violence.

The seven convicted minors were order to be placed in a juvenile detention centre until they reach the age of majority.

The severity of the sentences sparked outrage in Egypt and among international observers.

On Saturday,Sekina Fouad, presidential advisor for women's affairs, said Interim President Adly Mansour would consider pardoning the 21 female detainees, adding, however,that Mansour can intervene only after a final verdict is returned in the case.

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