Female Morsi Supporters Given Prison Sentence

Court in Egypt sentences 21 female supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi to 11 years in prison.

Elad Benari ,

Muslim Brotherhood supporters
Muslim Brotherhood supporters
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A court in Egypt has sentenced 21 female supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi to 11 years in prison, reports the BBC.

They were found guilty of multiple charges, including belonging to a terrorist group, obstructing traffic, sabotage and using force at a protest in the city of Alexandria last month.

Seven are under 18 years of age and will be sent to a juvenile prison, according to the report.

The court also sentenced six Muslim Brotherhood leaders to 15 years in prison for inciting the protest.

One report said the men had been tried in absentia.

Some 17 clerics linked to the Islamist movement, to which Morsi belongs, were meanwhile arrested in the Nile Delta town of Gharbiya, the state news agency MENA reported.

They are accused of using mosques and sermons to incite unrest against the army and police.

MENA also reported that eight people would be put on trial on charges of abducting and torturing a lawyer during the 2011 uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.

The defendants include Mahmoud al-Khodeiry, a former judge close to the Brotherhood, Osama Yassin, who served as youth minister under Morsi, and Ahmed Mansour, a presenter for Al-Jazeera television.

More than 1,000 people, mainly Morsi supporters, have been killed since July 3 when he was ousted and authorities have rounded up some 2,000 Islamists, including most of the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood, of which Morsi is a member.

The Egyptian government just recently lifted a state of emergency that was declared on August 14, the day of the crackdown on the protesters.

On Sunday, Egypt's temporary president, Adli Mansour, signed a special order that severely limits the right to protest. According to the new law, all protests will require permits from police. Any group that attempts to hold a public gathering without such permits will find its members carted off to prison.

The new law was met with anger by protesters who took to the streets in defiance of the new orders.