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VIDEO: Court gives 21 death sentences in Port Said stadium massacre
A verdict against the remaining 52 defendants is adjourned to 9 March
Ahram Online, Saturday 26 Jan 2013
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Egypt's court slammed 21 defendants with death sentences in trial the Port Said massacre (Photo: courtesy of Al-Jazeera)

Egypt’s court slams 21 with death sentence in a long-anticipated verdict in the Port Said football match trial.

A verdict against the remaining 52 defendants is adjourned to 9 March.

The public prosecutor submitted new evidence that would require deeper investigations.

Seventy-three defendants, including nine security officials, three Masry football club officials and a number of fans were held on trial for their suspected role in the disaster that left at least 71 member of Ultras Ahlawy dead.

The news of the verdict were received with celebration and fireworks by members of Ultras Ahlawy protesting by the team's club in Zamalek.

However, in Port Said the families of defendants are are now attempting to break into the prison after angrily attacking surrounding cars, including that of one of Ahram's reporters.

Notably, none of the defendants that were given the death sentence on Saturday are members of the police.

Courts have a strong pattern of acquittals of police officers accused of violence throughout the past two years since the revolution broke out in January 2011.

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