Rights group demands justice for Mohamed Mahmoud victims

Ahram Online, Tuesday 19 Nov 2013

Egyptian human rights group calls for alleged killers of 47 protesters in November 2011 to be put on trial

An Egyptian human rights group has issued a statement demanding justice for those killed during the Mohamed Mahmoud Street clashes in November 2011.

“Until now none of the criminals has been put on trial, even though judges have received the fact-finding commission's report on the clashes,” said 'We Are Following You With The Report', a group which aims to pressure state institutions to investigate crimes committed by the state against citizens.

According to group, the commission's report includes information that proves police involvement in the killing and injuring of protesters using tear gas, rubber bullets and fire arms, in addition to naming those involved.

In five days beginning on 19 November 2011, 47 protesters were killed on Mohamed Mahmoud Street – near Cairo's Tahrir Square – during clashes between security forces and unarmed protesters opposed to the then-ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

Many suffered wounds to the face and some lost their eyes.

A video went viral online showing First Lieutenant Mahmoud El-Shinnawy being congratulated by another soldier when he shot a protester in the eye.

Last March, El-Shinnawy — known as the "eye sniper" — became the only member of the security forces convicted over the clashes. He received three years in prison for deliberately shooting at protesters’ eyes.

The rights group further accused Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat of cancelling the delegation appointed to analyse the fact-finding commission's report.

The commission was formed by Mohamed Morsi on 5 July 2012 to investigate the killing of unarmed protesters since the start of the January 2011 uprising, including Mohamed Mahmoud.

The group also accused Morsi of ignoring the commission's recommendations and failing to disclose the results and evidence of the report, only sending them to prosecutors for further investigation.

The report also accuses the interior ministry of using “a large amount of poisonous tear gas in a small space which causes death,” the group said.

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