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Egyptian Women Sentenced For 11 Years To Go Free

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Fourteen Islamist women jailed for 11 years for a peaceful protest in Egypt will be released after a court slashed their sentences in a case that had outraged opposition groups and human rights campaigners.

Seven girls aged under 18 had also been sent to juvenile prison in the same case last month for obstructing traffic and damaging property during a pro-Islamist protest in October.

An appeals court in Alexandria on Saturday reduced the sentences of the 14 women to one-year suspended terms, while a juvenile court put the teenagers on probation for three months.

Once the paperwork is completed, they will all be released.

Security forces have tried to crush the Muslim Brotherhood group since the army ousted Egypt’s first freely elected leader, Mohamed Morsi, on July 3.

His supporters have staged frequent protests calling for his reinstatement.

The army-backed authorities accuse the Brotherhood of violence and terrorism. It denies the charges.

Hundreds of Morsi supporters have been killed and thousands arrested and Morsi and other Brotherhood leaders are on trial for inciting violence.

Gamal Eid, a human rights activist, said the sentences against the female protesters had been politically motivated.

“There is no independent judiciary in Egypt,” he told the Reuters news agency. “They (the judges) were looking at the girls’ background instead of their actions. Now they have tried to fix the first decision and it makes more sense.”

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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