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Egypt's police officer acquitted of killing protesters on 'Day of Rage'

Court finds police officer not guilty of killing two protesters during Egypt's revolution

Ahram Online , Thursday 8 Mar 2012
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The North Cairo Criminal Court on Thursday acquitted a police officer of killing two protesters in front of Cairo's El-Sharbia police station during the Egyptian Revolution.

The court said it had conclusive evidence from the Interior Ministry that the defendant, Wael Erfan, was not at the crime scene on 28 January 2011 when the two protesters were killed.

The court said there were contradictions in eye witness testimonies and some alleged victims had withdrawn their accusations against the officer. 

In addition, some eye witnesses had criminal records and court rulings against them which made them biased against the officer.

Erfan is the latest officer to be exonerated of killing protesters during the January 25 Revolution.

On Wednesday, a court acquitted three police officers of killing protesters in the Al-Zawaya Al-Hamra area of Cairo.  

 

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