Port Said security head and three assistants detained

Ahram Online, Thursday 15 Mar 2012

Egypt's head prosecutor has ordered the arrest of top Port Said officials in relation to the 1 February disaster that saw scores of Al-Ahly fans die in post-match violence

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Egyptian fans rush into the field following Al-Ahly club soccer match against Al-Masry club at the soccer stadium in Port Said, Egypt Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. (Photo: AP)

Egyptian Prosecutor-General Abdel Megeed Mahmoud has ordered the detention of Port Said security officials, including the head of security and his three assistants, in relation to the Port Said stadium disaster.

Among those who have been detained are the former head of security General Essam Samak, his deputy, General Mahmoud Fathy, and security officials General Bakr Hisham, General Abdel Aziz Fahmy, Colonel Mohamed Saad and General Mohsen Sheta.

The group will be detained for four days pending investigations.

The Port Said tragedy, on 1 February, saw fans of the local El-Masry Club storm the pitch after a match with Cairo based El-Ahly Club. The violence that ensued left at least 74 fans dead. Many Egyptians blamed Port Said's security for failing to protect the fans and safeguard the game.

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