Leading NDP member acquitted of incitement to kill protesters

Ahram Online , Thursday 29 Jan 2015

Wael Abu El-Leil, a senior member of Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party, was accused of incitement to kill protesters during clashes between the military and revolutionaries in April 2011

A Cairo criminal court has acquitted a leading member of the now-defunct National Democratic Party of incitement to kill protesters during clashes in Tahrir Square in April 2011.

Wael Abu El-Leil, Osama El-Shashatawy and Amr Youssef were also acquitted of other charges, including attacking personal freedoms. 

On 8 April 2011, revolutionary groups organised a million-man rally to protest against the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and to demand the trial of ex-president Hosni Mubarak.

A group of nearly 20 uniformed army officers joined the protest. 

After the end of the protest, hundreds of protesters, along with the officers, stayed in Tahrir ‎Square and vowed to keep protesting until Mubarak was tried ‎and other demands were met.‎

After midnight military police dispersed the sit-in and at least two protesters were killed. 

On 9 April 2011, the SCAF ordered the arrest of business tycoon Ibrahim ‎Kamel, an NDP strong men, and accused him of being involved in ‎instigating the violent clashes between demonstrators and army forces.

It also called for the arrest of Kamel's alleged followers, Wael Aboul-Leil, Tarek Soliman and Khaled Mohamed Ismail.

Kamel was acquitted of the charges in May 2011.

The National Democratic Party, Egypt's ruling party for nearly 40 years, was dissolved by a court ruling in April 2011.

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