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21 Egyptian protesters get 11 years in jail

28 November 2013, 08:02

Cairo - An Egyptian court has handed down heavy sentences of 11 years in prison to 21 female supporters, many of them teenagers,  of the ousted Islamist president.

They were found guilty of holding a protest.

The court in Alexandria issued the ruling on Wednesday, weeks after the women were arrested during a protest demanding the reinstatement of Mohammed Morsi, ousted in a 3 July coup.

They were convicted on multiple charges, including holding a demonstration, sabotage and using force. Seven of them are under the age of 18.

The court also sentenced six members of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood to 15 years in prison in absentia for inciting the protest.

The verdict comes as security forces cracked down on small protests by secular activists, implementing a new law putting heavy restrictions on protests.


- AP


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