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Jailed Islamist women to go free, Egyptian court rules

Saturday, December 07, 2013 - 01:06

Dec. 7 - Celebrations break out in an Alexandria courtroom after 14 Egyptian women, jailed for 11 years for demonstrating, are released on appeal. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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They had been sentenced to 11 years behind bars. Amid outrage on the streets, fourteen Islamist women were given a stiff sentence for demonstrating in Egypt. Protests are a sensitive issue in Egypt after street demonstrations helped topple two presidents in less than three years. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE DETAINEE, SAYING: "They are claiming the Interior Ministry gave us these flowers. Yes, the Interior Ministry did give us flowers in the form of an 11-year jail sentence each. It's our loved ones and friends who brought us these flowers. This is a flower for Egypt because we love it." But on Saturday those sentences were slashed to a one year suspended sentence. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) JUDGE PRESIDING OVER CASE READING FINAL RULING, SAYING: "Each of the charged will serve a one-year suspended jail term ." Once the paperwork is completed, they will all be released.

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Jailed Islamist women to go free, Egyptian court rules

Saturday, December 07, 2013 - 01:06