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Kin of cabinet protesters demand enactment of Morsi's pardon

Egypt's criminal court will continue hearing testimonies in the trial over last December's Cabinet clashes, angering families who anticipated a pardon per President Morsi's recent decree

Ahram Online, Saturday 20 Oct 2012
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Families of the 269 accused in Egypt's Cabinet clashes in December 2011 protest at the police academy on Saturday after the criminal court adjourned the case to 29 November.

This continuation of the trial to hear more witnesses, decry families, seems to contradict President Morsi's recent pardon of political prisoners.

On 9 October President Morsi issued a law guaranteeing the release of all detained or sentenced from the January 25, 2011 uprising until the day he came into office on 30 June, 2012.

The 269 defendants face charges of assaulting military and police officials; burning and destroying the Scientific Institute next to the Cabinet headquarters; vandalising the Cabinet headquarters itself as well as the surrounding public buildings.

At least 19 were killed and hundreds injured on the night of 16 December when army forces violently dispersed a sit-in staged since 25 November by hundreds of protesters at the Cabinet headquarters protesting military rule and Kamal El-Ganzouri’s appointment as interim prime minister.

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