Egypt prosecutors to examine social media videos of El-Sabagh killing

Ahram Online , Tuesday 27 Jan 2015

Leftist activist Shaimaa El-Sabagh was killed at a protest in downtown Cairo on Saturday

Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh
Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh collapses as she was shot during a March by the party in Cairo Jan 24, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)

A technical committee will examine videos posted on social media of events surrounding the killing of leftist activist Shaimaa El-Sabagh, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported on Tuesday.

El-Sabagh, 33, was shot during a peaceful protest in downtown Cairo to commemorate the anniversary of the 2011 revolution.

The party to which she belonged, the Socialist Popular Alliance, has accused the police of deliberately killing her.

The interior ministry, however, has denied the accusation, claiming outsiders infiltrated the protest and shot El-Sabagh.

The technical committee, lead by the head of Qasr El-Nil prosecution office, will gather all the videos filmed during and after the shooting for possible use as evidence in the case.

Spent bullets will also be examined to determine the weapon used to shoot El-Sabagh.

The prosecution is currently gathering footage from three cameras found in the vicinity of the incident.

It has also started interrogating officers from the Central Security Forces who dispersed the march.

The incident sparked fury and condemnation among activists and on social media. They said excessive force had been used to disperse the peaceful march.

One of the main reasons for the 2011 uprising was police brutality.

Few members of the security forces have been convicted for the killing of hundreds of protesters during four years of turmoil since the uprising.

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