Egypt court acquits all defendants in El-Sabagh protesters trial

Ahram Online , Saturday 23 May 2015

The 17 were charged with "illegally protesting" 24 January, during which activist Shaimaa El-Sabagh was shot dead

Shaimaa el-Sabbagh
In this Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 photo, 32-year-old mother Shaimaa el-Sabbagh holds a poster during a protest in downtown Cairo (Photo: AP)

An Egyptian misdemeanour court acquitted Saturday 17 people who were charged with ''illegally protesting" as they took part in the peaceful march 24 January, during which activist Shaimaa El-Sabagh was shot dead.

El-Sabagh was shot while heading — with around two dozen peaceful marchers, mostly members of the Socialist Popular Alliance Party — to Tahrir Square to lay flowers in memory of those who were killed during the 25 January 2011 uprising.

The 17 defendants came forward to testify in investigations of El-Sabagh's killing, but were later charged by the general prosecution.

Fourteen of the defendants belong to the Socialist Popular Alliance Party, like El-Sabagh, while three do not.

The prosecution previously said investigations revealed El-Sabagh died from wounds sustained from "light birdshot" that a Central Security Forces (CSF) officer fired at her and other protesters.

The policeman was charged with “beating that led to death.” He is currently being tried.

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