President to reconsider status of 21 female protesters after final verdict is reached
Ahram Online, Saturday 30 Nov 2013
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

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.