Trial of 13 policemen accused of killing peaceful protestors began today

Ahram Online, Tuesday 3 May 2011

The first session of the trial erupted in chaos as protesters tried to forcibly keep accused policemen inside the courtroom

Approximatly 250 people protested at the South Cairo Court on Tuesday as the trial of 13 policemen accused of killing peaceful protesters during the 25 Jaunary Revolution got underway. Clashes continued even as the opening court session began. 

In the early days of the 18 day revolution which successed in ousting former president Hosni Mubarak, police forces used live rounds on demonstrators causing the death of at least 600 unarmed civilians.

The rally at the courtroom, which consisted mainly of the martyrs’ relatives, kept calling for the death penalty for the defendants and chanted other anti-police slogans. 

After the session, some of the protesters tried to forcibly keep the accused policemen inside the courtroom before a brawl erupted.

Some of the officers were slightly injured in the process.

Several policemen were also accused by the protestors of being involved in the organized acts of terrorism that followed the police’s complete withdrawal from the streets several days into the revolution.

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