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Egypt sends 76 suspects to emergency court for attacks on Saudi embassy

Former police officer Omar Afifi among suspects accused of attacking Saudi embassy during night of violence in September when Israeli embassy and Giza security headquarters were also attacked

Ahram Online, Sunday 23 Oct 2011

Egypt’s prosecutor-general has approved the decision to transfer 76 suspects accused of attacking the Saudi embassy during the 9 September protests outside the Israeli embassy and Giza security headquarters, to the High State Security Emergency Court.

The decision was taken by Attorney-General Hisham Badawy and approved by Prosecutor-General Abdel Megeed Mahmoud on Sunday. Around 40 of the suspects have prior convictions, several have criminal records, and three are juveniles.

Among the suspects is ex-police officer Omar Afifi, who fled the country to the US after penning So You Don't Get Hit on the Back of Your Neck, a book about torture and police brutality in Egypt.

Afifi is accused of incitement.

The suspects are accused of illegally gathering, using violence against public servants, attacking police officers and security personnel, attempting to storm the Giza security headquarters, and vandalising public property for terror purposes. The prosecution also accuses the group of holding clubs and knives to create a security crisis in the country.

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