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Egypt appeal court orders pro-Morsi protest women freed

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An appeals court in Egypt has ordered the release of 21 women, including seven juveniles, who were jailed last month over a protest in support of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, BBC reports.

The minors were placed on a three-month-long probation. The appeals court also reduced 11-year sentences given to 14 women to a suspended year-long term.

They were found guilty of belonging to a terrorist group, obstructing traffic, sabotage and using force last month.

Rights groups criticised the verdict.

One campaigner described it as madness.

The 14 women appeared inside the special cage in the Alexandria courtroom dressed in prison-issue white and holding red roses.

They had written the word "freedom" on their palms.

There was a heavy police presence outside the court complex.

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