Egypt court lists 'Jika' and 'Kristy' as revolutionary martyrs

Ahram Online , Tuesday 16 Dec 2014

'Jika' and 'Kristy' join the ranks of martyrs as the controversy over the matter of others continues

Jika and Kristy
Gaber Salah known as Jika (L) and Hussein Qurany known as Kristy (R) (Photo: Facebook)

An Egyptian administrative court on Tuesday has listed two youth killed in clashes in 2012 and 2013 among martyrs of the January 2011 revolution.

The court ruled in the favor of Gaber Salah (Jika) and Hussein Qurany (Kristy), both killed in street clashes during the one-year-rule of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood group.

The case was filed by local rights group, Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR).

Jika, a 16-year-old member of April 6 youth movement, was shot and killed during protests on the first anniversary of the Mohamed Mahmoud Street clashes in November 2012.

Kristy, an activist and one of the founders of anti-Brotherhood Ikhwan Kazeboon Facebook page, was killed in 2013 in clashes near the presidential palace.

There has been a dispute on whom to consider among the January 25 martyrs.

Cairo's criminal court, which has dropped charges against toppled president Hosni Mubarak for killing protesters, said that only 239 were documented as killed in the first seven days of the revolution.

Around 900 people were killed in the 18 days that led to Mubarak's ouster.

According to the head of a state-body responsible for families of the martyrs and the injured, over 870 have been recognised by the state as martyrs in clashes in 2011 and most of the families have been compensated.

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