Mohamed Mahmoud protesters' trial set for 17 July, officer's trial 3 June
Appeal court announces trial dates for protesters and security officer involved in November's deadly clashes between demonstrators and police near Tahrir Square
Ahram Online, Saturday 28 Apr 2012
'Sniper-of-the-eyes' officer Mahmoud El-Shenawi (Photo: Internet)
Cairo Appeal's Court on Saturday set dates for the trials of protesters and a central security forces officer involved in violent clashes on the capital's Mohamed Mahmoud Street last November.
The court scheduled for 3 June the trial of Mahmoud El-Shenawi, a security forces officer accused of shooting at the eyes of unarmed protesters who were confronting police near the central Cairo interior ministry last November.
El-Shenawi, who became known as the "eye-sniper", was arrested last year after footage was posted online showing him firing rubber bullets at demonstrators near Tahrir Square as other members of the Central Security Forces cheered him on.
The court also scheduled for 18 July the trial of dozens of protesters arrested during the November clashes who were charged with vandalism, illegal assembly and assaulting police officers.
At least 41 protesters died and thousands were injured during five days of street battles after police forces violently dispersed a sit-in on Tahrir Square on 19 November. injured over 5 days when police forces violently dispersed a sit-in in the Square on 19 November.