By Alessandra Bajec, reprinted from Counterpunch, Nov 29, 2013
Twenty-one women -including girls as young as 15- were handed down heavy prison sentences by Alexandria Misdemeanour Court on Nov. 27, after being arrested, end of October, for protesting against the military’s July 3 ouster of President Morsi.
Breaking news, Dec 7, 2013! An Egyptian court has suspended the sentences of the 14 young women and seven girls who were convicted and jailed last month in Alexandria for protesting the July 2013 military coup. Story here on Al Jazeera and in The Guardian.
The Egyptian court sentenced fourteen women–most aged 18 to 22–to 11 years and one month in prison, and seven female minors -15 to 17 years old- to juvenile detention until they reach the age of majority. The tough verdict marks another setback for freedom of expression in Egypt but also an unprecedented step by the new leadership to take women out of the political scene.
Ahmed Shazli, head of the Alexandria branch of Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), couldn’t find the words to comment on the verdict when he came out of the courtroom. For him, the sentence essentially okays imprisonment of protesters for expressing dissent, and hints at a comeback to Mubarak styled autocratic regime and oppressive practices.
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