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Alexandria court explains harsh verdict against female protesters
11-year jail terms are justified, court says, as the Islamist protesters wreaked havoc, instilled fear in the hearts of people, regardless if they are women or men
MENA, Ahram Online, Wednesday 4 Dec 2013
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Egyptian women supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi stand inside the defentants' cage in a courtroom in Alexandria, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. (Photo: AP)

The Alexandria court responsible for handing out sentences of up to 11 years in jail to 14 female protesters has said that its harsh verdict was justified, MENA reported on Wednesday.

The court insisted that the law does not distinguish between men and women. Both genders, it said, have the right to protest peacefully and thus those who do not will be sentenced accordingly.

The court stated that recent investigations proved that the Muslim Brotherhood incited more than two hundred of its female members to hold marches, block roads and disrupt public and private transportation. The demonstrations stirred chaos, paralysed traffic, prevented people from going to school and work and instilled fear in the hearts of people.

According to the court, the female protesters gathered with the purpose of wreaking havoc prior to the trial in late October for ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. 

The investigations, according to the court, state that the women verbally attacked passersby and threw stones, leading to the damage of cars and nearby stores.

The court's ruling, which also sentenced seven minors to a juvenile detention centre, has sparked outrage in both Egypt and abroad.

The Cairo-based Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), in a statement published on its website, called the ruling politicised. The group warned that the ruling raises "doubts over the future of justice in Egypt" and said that it presaged a return to the use of judicial institutions as a political tool against the opposition.

Former presidential candidate and Nasserist political figure Hamdeen Sabbahi recently used a Twitter post to call on interim President Adly Mansour to pardon the young women.

Last Saturday, an advisor of Mansour said that the interim president will reconsider the status of the 21 women.

Mansour cannot legally intervene in the case until the final verdict is returned.

 





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Tammy
05-12-2013 01:33am
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smart court, smart verdict!!
If you do not want to do the jail time then do not do the crime to cause it. The court is totally right in their verdict. Too bad these women were stupid enough to allow the mb to use them, but then again they are the only ones responsible for their own choices & actions because like all humans they do have a brain & should have used it to think...hopefully they will have a long time to think about what they did & learn their lesson. Crime for any reason is punishable by law in any country and does not pay, if you break the laws be prepared for the consequences & stop whining about it not being fair.
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Hanadi Ayoub
04-12-2013 10:41pm
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I am a former critic of the MB
Even Israel wouldn't do this. Who rules Egypt today, Egyptians or Naziz. Long Live the MB. I am a former hater of MB.
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Hasan
04-12-2013 09:25pm
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shamefull
Its really sad and shamefull state of justice in modern Egypt.No single killer of the murder of 1000s of Egyptians since Jan 2011 punished by the same Judiciary but they acquitted every killer,every currpet person of the Mubarak regime but shamefully justifying their bias and political judgement.This court statement means,protesting and blocking the roads is much biger crime than killing the 1000s people and stealing the state wealth by illegal means.
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Osama
04-12-2013 09:13pm
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11 years?
ya thats pretty outrageous, they should be released on time served, the crimes were committed in a crazy time, and they didnt seem to actually cause any injury. This harsh sentence will only fuel more Brotherhood protests!
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medo
05-12-2013 12:09pm
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@osama
Sorry, but i disagree... we need to send a strong message... because these "crimes commited in a crazy time" you mentioned continue to happen on a weekely basis and this is not helping to maintain any security within the country. We need to move forward, bring in investments, allow tourists to feel safe and build a brighter future for the coming generations. This will not happen while political groups insist on burning the country because of their own agedna. I do not see any difference between women or men throwings rocks and damaging cars. Both groups are the safe and should be treated so.
Allen
04-12-2013 10:48pm
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The crazy time claws...?
Where does it say crimes committed at a crazy time are not enforced ??? Ignorance of the law is not an excuse to be vindicated.

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