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Charges filed against SCAF for killing protesters

Lawyer files charges against senior politicians and military figures for their alleged role in deaths in Port Said, Mohamed Mahmoud, Maspero and outside Cabinet building

Ahram Online, Thursday 23 Aug 2012
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Former field Marshal Hussein Tantawi (Photo : Reuters)
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Charges have been filed  with the general prosecutor against a number of senior politicians and military figures for the killing of protesters since the January 2011 uprising.

Lawyer Assem Qandil filed the charges on Wednesday against former head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) Hussein Tantawi, former head of the Military Police Hamdi Badeen, and former interior ministers Mahmoud Wagdi and Mansour El-Essawi.

Qandeel called for the prosecutor to investigate the Port Said disaster, at which over 70 football supporters died due to negligence by the security forces in February; the killing of protesters during the cabinet and Mohamed Mahmoud clashes late last year, and  the Maspero clashes at which dozens of Coptic Christian demonstration were killed by the military in October last year. The SCAF, headed by Tantawi, was in power when the events took place.  

No officials have been held accountable for the events.

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