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Egyptian court gives female Islamist protesters harsh jail terms

An Alexandria Misdemeanour Court sentences 14 female Islamist protesters to 11 years and one month in jail and sends seven female minors to youth detention centres

El-Sayed Gamal Eddin, Wednesday 27 Nov 2013
Egyptian women
Egyptian women supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi stand inside the defendants' cage in a courtroom in Alexandria, Egypt (Photo: AP)

An Alexandria Misdemeanour Court slammed Wednesday 14 female Islamist protesters with 11 years and one month in jail and ordered that seven female minors be placed in a youth detention centre, the lawyer of the accused, Mahmoud Gaber, told Ahram Online.

The 21 female protesters who took part in a demonstration late October calling for the reinstatement of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi were arrested during clashes with local residents in the Alexandria. Authorities accused the demonstrators of inciting violence, blocking roads and damaging shop facades.

In its ruling Wednesday, the court slammed 14 female protesters with 11 years and one month in jail for destruction of private property, attacking security forces and stirring violence.

Six male protesters were sentenced in absentia to 15 years in jail for inciting violence.

The court also ordered that seven female minors be placed in a detention centre until they reach the age of majority. The underage girls' ages range from 15 to 17 years.

Earlier in November, a court sentenced 12 university students to 17 years in prison over riots at Al-Azhar Institution, stiring criticism over the harshness of the sentence.

The students were found guilty of attempting to storm the headquarters of the institution, inciting riots and attacking Al-Azhar employees and security personnel, as well as sabotaging public and private property. They were ordered to pay a fine of LE64,000 each.

Muslim Brotherhood supporters have been staging near daily protests calling for the reinstatement of Morsi who was deposed by the military 3 July amid mass protests against his rule.

Pro-Morsi protests chanting against the military have often descended into clashes with security forces and local residents with anti-Brotherhood sentiments.

Egypt's interim authorities have cracked down hard on Islamists since Morsi's ouster. Large numbers of Muslim Brotherhood members are detained on charges of inciting violence, including the group's top leaders.

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