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US diplomats deny involvement in deaths of protesters hit by embassy car

The American embassy has stressed that its employees were not involved in the incidents last January when protesters were hit by embassy-owned vehicles

Ahram Online, Monday 11 Jun 2012
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The American embassy in Cairo has reiterated that its employees were not in any way linked to incidents during the 18 days of the Egyptian uprising when various protesters were run over by the embassy's diplomat–licensed vehicles, as the trial around the infamous "Battle of the Camel" incident enters a new phase.

The statement recalled its announcement in February 2011 that several of the cars that belonged to the embassy were stolen on 28 January, and investigations revealed that they had been used in criminal and violent acts.

The issue surfaced again at the ongoing trial of various defendants accused of involvement in the Battle of the Camel on 1 February last year.

Last week, the prosecution summoned Muslim Brotherhood figures over accusations made by presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq, who was prime minister at the time of the incident, that the Muslim Brotherhood was behind the killing of protesters during the uprising.

The Muslim Brotherhood, which openly criticises Shafiq as a remnant of Mubarak's regime, has responded in a statement stressing that the former regime is fully responsible for the killing of protesters. Part of the statement asks the question: "Who ran over protesters with the US embassy vehicles in Qasr Al-Eini Street?"

The video of a white diplomatic car running over protesters on 28 January went viral during the revolution.

One young man, who was injured in the incident, died in June last year.

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