Six suspects in Egypt defence ministry clashes face military trials
Ahram Online, Monday 30 Apr 2012
Military prosecutors are investigating six individuals over the recent Ministry of Defence clashes, which have reportedly resulted in the death of one person and the injury of hundreds

Judge Ahmed El-Bahrawy of the West Cairo Prosecutor's Office announced on Monday that six protesters, including one Palestinian, are currently undergoing investigations by military prosecutors, following clashes that took place at the Ministry of Defence headquarters in Abbasiya, Cairo.

The detained protesters are between the ages of 18 and 47 and are currently being investigated regarding the clashes that have persisted for three days.

The clashes have reportedly resulted in the death of one person and the injury of approximately 138 others. The death, yet to be verified, is reported to have been the result of live ammunition.

The clashes began late on Saturday evening, when unknown assailants attacked a group of protesters – mostly supporters of disqualified Salafist presidential candidateHazem Salah Abu-Ismail– who had been staging a sit-in outside the ministry building.

The sit-in, which began on Friday, was held to protest the recent decision by Egypt's Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission to disqualify Abu-Ismail from the presidential race following allegations that his late mother had obtained US nationality.

Protesters from other revolutionary groups, including Youth for Justice and Freedom, the Coalition of Revolutionary Forces, the Free Front for Peaceful Change and the Second Egyptian Revolution of Rage, all declared their solidarity with the sit-in's primary demand, namely the abdication of Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.