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Two thirds of suspects released over Republican Guard clashes

206 suspects from Monday's Republican Guard clashes remain in custody pending investigation over accusations of attacking army officers and personnel

Sayyed Gamal El-Din, Wednesday 10 Jul 2013
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Egypt's general prosecution has ordered the release of 446 of 652 suspects on bail over Monday's clashes at the Republican Guard Headquarters in Cairo, keeping 206 in police custody for a period of 15 days pending investigations.

A team of 60 investigators from the prosecution, supervised by Judge Mostafa Khater, East Cairo's prosecutor general, are looking into the clashes.

Suspects are currently facing charges of manslaughter, voluntary manslaughter, thuggery, possession of unlicensed firearms, illegal possession of ammunition and weapons and undermining general security with the intention to terrorise.

Immediately following the clashes on Monday, interim President Adly Mansour ordered an investigation into the events.

Following a five-day Muslim Brotherhood-led sit-in at the Republican Guard Headquarters (where they believe deposed president Mohamed Morsi is being held), hundreds of civilians were injured by the Egyptian army, with 51 fatalities. One officer is reported dead, with 42 soldiers also reported injured. Events leading up to this are unclear; with both sides claiming the other was the instigator.

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