Egyptian prosecution releases 25 accused of torching police station in 2013 pending trial

Ahram Online , Tuesday 8 Sep 2015

The suspects are accused of torching a police station in August 2013 in violent reprisals following the police's dispersal of two pro-Morsi encampments

Giza prosecution ordered on Tuesday the release of 25 suspects charged with torching a police station in August 2013 amid violent reprisal that followed the police's dispersal of two pro-Morsi encampments.

The suspects, released pending trial, were charged with torching Al-Ayat police station in Giza.

They are also charged with protesting illegally, joining an armed terrorist group, thuggery and destroying public property.

On 14 August 2013, Egypt's police violently dispersed two pro-Morsi camps in Cairo's Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Giza's Nahda squares.

The dispersals resulted in the death of 693 civilians and 10 policeman according to a state fact-finding committee assigned to investigate the incidents.

Public disorder and violence immediately followed the dispersals around the country.

Morsi supporters attacked, looted and torched police stations and a number of churches and homes of Coptic Christians.

Islamists have often blamed Egypt's Christians for the anti-Morsi protests that led to his ouster on 3 July 2013.

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