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President to reconsider status of 21 female protesters after final verdict is reached

Interim President Adly Mansour cannot intervene in the Alexandria court case, where 21 women were sentenced to 11 years in prison for their participation in a pro-Morsi protest, until a final verdict is returned

Ahram Online, Saturday 30 Nov 2013
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Egypt's interim president, Adly Mansour (Photo: Reuters)
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Sekina Fouad, Egyptian presidential advisor for women's affairs, says interim president Adly Mansour will consider the status of the 21 female Islamist protesters who were given 11-year jail sentences by an Alexandria court this week.

Following news reports that Mansour would give the detainees a pardon after their sentences spurred domestic and international controversy, Fouad clarified that Mansour can interfere only after a final verdict is returned in the case following the forthcoming appeal.

The 21 female protesters, seven of whom were between 15 and 17 years-old, were slammed with jail sentences of 11 years and one month by an Alexandria misdemeanour court for destruction of private property, attacking security forces and stirring violence. The seven convicted minors were order to be placed in a detention centre until they reach the age of majority.

The severity of these sentences has sparked outrage in Egypt and from international observers.

Nasser Amin, the director of the Arab Centre for the Independence of the Judiciary and a member of the National Council for Human Rights, told Ahram Online that the ruling was "extremely harsh" and should be cancelled immediately.

Amin added that he was certain the appeal would be accepted because "the court will be conscious of the harshness of the verdict."

Amnesty International has stated that Egypt "must immediately and unconditionally" release the 21 detained female protesters.

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Tammy
01-12-2013 07:18pm
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once again not taking responsibility!!
And one more time the mb & their band of violent followers are trying not to take responsibility for their own actions & placing blame on others FOR WHAT THEIR OWN BEHAVIOR CAUSED!! these so called "women & girls" need to be held accountable for their actions and what they cause..WHY SHOULD THEY BE ANY DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER CRIMINALS or TERRORISTS!! they were not having a peaceful protest, violence & destruction of public & private property is NOT PEACEFUL IT IS A CRIMINAL ACT & TERRORISTIC!! if they did not want to do the jail time they should not have done what they did, they deserve to be in jail & need to stop whining & crying about it being so harsh..too bad wake up & face the music, you did it so now you do the time. In any other country, male or female if you are found guilty and convicted of a crime then you are punished & jailed, accept the facts & grow up to reality. CRIMINALS BELONG IN JAIL NOT ON THE STREETS WITH CIVILIZED LAW OBEYING CITIZENS!!
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Roslyn Hood
30-11-2013 10:54pm
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Finally the regime is listening!
Very glad that finally the regime is listing to public opinion which was mostly negative and felt the sentence was too harsh whether it be for young women or men! Quite simple the punishment outweighed the crime whether it be in Egypt or anywhere else on the planet.
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Allen
30-11-2013 07:11pm
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The misguided and exploited brotherhood women earned their prison time
The terrorists game plan was to exploit girls and hope they would get special treatment. Someone tell these galls equal rights mean just that when you commit crimes you pay the price. Under the law ignorance is not an excuse
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Audrey Rogers
30-11-2013 05:45pm
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If the shoe fits, wear it.
This is a clear example of why Egypt is the worst country in the Arab world to be a woman.
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Space1
30-11-2013 02:50pm
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Egypt. Has gone backwards.
What a shame Egypt has ended up like this, after 2011 reveloutian, I feel Egypt has gone in to the dark ages.
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John
30-11-2013 11:03am
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Shame
This by force president make enough fools egyptian .he want make egypt like a preson for egyptian .but public already rejected his wrog idea
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