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Three Egyptian police officers and police secretary acquitted of killing protesters

Three police officers and a police secretary are found not guilty of killing three protesters on the "Friday of Rage" during Egypt's 18-day 2011 uprising

MENA, Thursday 31 May 2012
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File photo: Egyptian anti-government activists clash with riot police in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo: AP)
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Cairo Criminal Court acquitted three police officers and a police secretary accused of killing three protesters and attempting to killing seven others outside Al-Amiriya Police Station in Cairo during the uprising that brought down Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak.

The prosecutor had accused Hazem Abdel Fattah, Moataza Bellah El-Gohary and Mostafa El-Hebshi, along with Ahmed Abdel Fattah, of killing peaceful protesters outside the station on 28 January 2011, the so-called “Friday of Rage.”

Meanwhile, Cairo Criminal Court sentenced four other police officers to three years in prison for torturing Farouk Mahmoud to death while in detention. Mahmoud was poisoned in Al-Saida Zeinab Prison.

Egypt's court has acquitted several other police officers accused of killing protesters during the "Friday of Rage."

The lack of convictions for killing protesters — some 846 people died during the 18-day uprising that began 25 January 2011 — has been an open sore between the victims' families and the ruling military council. The families have repeatedly complained that accused officers are walking free.

Mubarak and his two sons, Gamal and Alaa, along with Mubarak's minister of interior, Habib El-Adly face charges of ordering the killing of peaceful protesters during the 25 January uprising that toppled Mubarak in early February.

The verdict in Mubarak's trial is scheduled for Saturday. The eyes of all Egyptians will be on the outcome amid fears that he will be acquitted like many police officers earlier.

The Mubarak trial began proceedings August 2011.

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