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Military source: Court orders detention of 300 of those arrested at Egypt's Ministry of Defence

A military source confirms that 300 of those arrested at demonstrations in Abbasiya have been ordered detained for 15 days

Ahram Online, Saturday 5 May 2012
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According to a military source, the North Cairo military prosecution has ordered the detention for 15 days, pending further investigations, of 300 of those arrested on Friday during clashes in the Abbasiya district of Cairo. The accused were arrested following mass demonstrations against the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) at the Ministry of Defence.

The arrested face several accusations, including infringing upon state institutions, using violence against members of the armed forces, halting traffic, illegal gathering and having breached a military area.

The military has repeatedly claimed that the arrests came only after attempts to break into the Ministry of Defence. Activists, on the other hand, condemned the use of excessive violence by military police in dispersing the Friday demonstrations.

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