Court to consider appeal against controversial release of Suez officers accused of killing revolution protestors

Ahram Online, Tuesday 5 Jul 2011

A court session has been called to consider the appeal lodged against last Wednesday's release of officers accused of killing protesters during the 25 January revolution

Protestors march in Suez
Protestors march in Suez (photo by:reuters)

Attorney General of Suez’s prosecution, Ahmed Mahmoud, ordered a court session tomorrow to look into the appeal lodged against the release of police officers accused of killing peaceful protesters during the January 25 Revolution.

He said the session would be held at the Fifth Complex Court, Cairo, for security reasons, as violence might well erupt should it be held in coastal city of Suez.

Suez’s criminal court decided on Monday to release the police officers accused of killing ‎‎protesters on LE10,000 bail for each defendant.  ‎

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

Shortly after the verdict was announced, families of the martyrs in Suez angrily protested in the city’s El Arbein quare, while some blocked off the Cairo-Suez desert road.

The trial of the officers will resume on 14 September.

Over 1000 were killed during the 18-day uprising that ended on 11 February with the ‎‎ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak.

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