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Cameraman of 'eye sniper' video gives testimony in court

Egyptian who filmed clashes in Cairo last November tells criminal court that police officer was congratulated by colleagues for shooting protesters in the eyes

Ahram Online, Monday 10 Sep 2012
Mohamed Sobhy El-Shenawy
A snap shot of police officer Mohamed Sobhy El-Shenawy
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Police officer Mohamed Sobhy El-Shennawy aimed directly at the eyes of protesters during last November's Mohamed Mahmoud Street clashes, stated eyewitnesses and Ahmed Said Mokhtar, the cameraman behind a widely-circulated video recording the event, at a Cairo criminal court, Monday.

Mokhtar informed the court that a soldier congratulated El-Shennawy when a protester was seen to receive injuries to his eyes, telling him "way to go... it hit his eye." Mokhtar added that he managed to record the entire scene using his mobile phone camera.

Eyewitnesses further asserted that plainclothes police officers threw rocks at those protesting.

El-Shennawy is facing charges of attempted murder of five victims, whose eyes he deliberately targeted with a shotgun loaded with birdshot. The accused was identified after Mokktar's video of him gunning down demonstrators was disseminated on the internet.

Forty civilians were killed during the November clashes between police and unarmed protesters on the flashpoint street adjacent to Tahrir Square.

Many were reported to have suffered from wounds to the upper face, some lost their eyes such as well-known activist Ahmed Harara, whose left eye had already been severely damaged on 28 January during the 18-day uprising.

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NewEgypt123
10-09-2012 07:26pm
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This was the problem with the Interior Ministry. They didn't have respect for the people, so this situation is just an example of the problem. The courts need to deal with these officers and show the entire country that this behavior will no longer be tolerated. Especially since there is a video of what happened, the court should take this opportunity to show that they are on the side of the Egyptian people. Egyptians own the country, so Egyptians should be treated with respect in their own country.
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