25 arrested in Port Said clashes protesting death sentence against relatives

Ahram Online , Tuesday 28 Feb 2017

The crowd set tires on fire and blocked roads in protest at the death sentences handed down to 10 defendants over murder-related charges in the 2012 Port Said stadium massacre

Port Said massacre
File photo: Blood is seen on a chair one day after supporters clashed at the Port Said stadium February 2, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

Police forces arrested 25 people in Port Said protesting the death sentence handed down to their relative's accused of violence and murder-related charges in 2012 stadium violence.

The protestors torched tires and blocked roads, according to an Ahram reporter in Port Said, before police clashed with the protesting crowds.

Last week, Egypt’s court of cassation issued a final verdict for 10 defendants over murder-related charges in the 2012 Port Said stadium massacre, which took the lives of over 70 football fans, upholding a June 2015 death sentence.

The defendants were found guilty on charges of premeditated murder and attempted murder of Ahly Football Club fans, thuggery, vandalism and theft.

In the same case, another ten defendants received 15-year sentences, 15 received 10-year sentences, and 15 others received five-year sentences. One defendant received a one-year sentence while twenty-one defendants were acquitted.

In February 2012, more than 74 Ahly Club supporters were killed after thousands of Masry fans attacked them at Port Said Stadium following the team’s 3-1 Egyptian Premier League victory over Ahly.

Seventy-three defendants, including nine police officers, were charged in the killing of the 74 Ahly fans.


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