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.
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.