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Officers accused of killing Suez protesters released on bail

Families of martyrs in Suez are angered after a criminal court releases 14 police officers accused of deliberatley killing protesters

Ahram Online, Monday 4 Jul 2011
the port city in Suez
Suez protesters hurl stones at a riot police car from which a gunman is shooting at them. The photo was taken on January 27, 2011 (Photo: Reuters)

Suez’s criminal court on Monday decided to release the police officers accused of killing ‎‎protesters during the January 25 Revolution on LE10,000 bail.  ‎

In what is becoming a recurrent scene, the families of the martyrs, angry at the court’s decision, attempted to break into the courthouse shortly after the verdict was returned. They clashed with security personnel in ‎the ‎process.‎

The police officers, some high-ranking, were indicted on charges of ‎‎deliberate manslaughter, having fired live rounds at peaceful demonstrators during the 18-day uprising.

The trial is set to resume on 14 September.

Over 1000 were killed during those 18 days which ended on 11 February with the ‎‎ouster of president Hosni Mubarak .‎

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