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Egypt court orders retrial for 10 officers cleared of killing protesters in 2011

Trials not over for killing of 25 January protesters as court orders retrial of Suez police officers previously acquitted for deaths during 2011 uprising

Ahram Online , Monday 24 Mar 2014
25 jan 2011 Suez clashes
An armed man runs on a rooftop during clashes between police and protesters in Suez, Egypt, Jan. 28, 2011 (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt's Court of Cassation ordered on Monday the retrial of 14 men, including 10 police officers, who were previously acquitted of killing protesters during the 2011 uprising in the city of Suez.

The police officers – including Suez's police chief and a low ranking policeman – along with a businessman and his two sons were accused of killing protesters during the period from 25 January until president Hosni Mubarak's ouster on 11 February, over which at least 840 protesters were killed.

To date, Egypt's judiciary has failed to convict anyone belonging to the security apparatus for murder during the 2011 protests.

In February, the last case in which police were accused of killing protesters resulted in six officers in Alexandria being acquitted.

The lack of convictions has continued to be a source of resentment for victims' families, who have repeatedly complained that officers complicit in the deaths continue to go unpunished.

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