Egypt prosecutors appeal release of 30 detained in Friday clashes

Ahram Online , Tuesday 23 Apr 2013

Public prosecutors appeal decision to release 30 people – including two foreign nationals – detained in Friday Cairo clashes

Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters protest in front of the High Court in Cairo demanding a purge in the Egyptian judicial system, Friday (Photo: AFP)

An Egyptian appeal judge has ordered the release of 30 individuals, including one US and one Syrian national, detained in Friday's protest in Cairo against Egypt's judiciary.

On Tuesday, however, the public prosecutor's office appealed the decision to release the detainees, according to Judge Hamdi Mansour of the Central Cairo prosecutor's office.

On Sunday, the public prosecutor's office ordered the detention of 30 individuals for a four-day period pending investigation. The move followed violent clashes that erupted in Cairo when unidentified elements attacked protesters affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood during Friday's demonstration.

Thousands of protesters, mainly Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters, staged a rally at Egypt's High Court in downtown Cairo on Friday to demand a "purge" of the judiciary from Mubarak-appointed judges. At least 87 people were injured in the ensuing violence.

On its official website, the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party accused Egypt's anarchist-inspired 'Black Bloc' group of instigating the violence on Friday.

Those detained were accused of unlawful assembly, resisting authorities, thuggery and possession of unlicensed firearms.  

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