Relatives of Suez victims storm trial

Ahram Online, Thursday 15 Mar 2012

Trial in Suez adjourned when relatives of protesters slain during Egypt's revolution storm courtroom in protest at slow pace of trial, defendants released on bail

Police lob tear gas on protesters in the historic Arbain Street in Suez City (Photo: Reuters)

The relatives of protesters killed during Egypt's revolution have stormed a courtroom in Suez on Thursday during the trial of police officers accused of their murder.

They acted to complain about the trial's slow place and that many of the defendants had been released on bail.

Judge Ahmed Reda adjourned the trial for half an hour until court officials were able to restore calm.

"You will not get the rights of your sons through shouting and machismo," Judge Reda told them.

Fourteen police personnel are on trial for the murder of 17 protesters in Suez during the uprising that brought down the regime of Hosni Mubarak in early 2011.

The families of slain protesters have repeatedly complained that police officers responsible for their deaths have not been arrested despite video footage and other evidence against them.

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