Ahram Online - Friday, 01 June 2012
Three Egyptian police officers and police secretary acquitted of killing
Three police officers and a police secretary are found not guilty of
killing three protesters on the "Friday of Rage" during Egypt's 18-day
MENA, Thursday 31 May 2012
Cairo Criminal Court acquitted three police officers and a police
secretary accused of killing three protesters and attempting to killing
seven others outside Al-Amiriya Police Station in Cairo during the
uprising that brought down Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak.
The prosecutor had accused Hazem Abdel Fattah, Moataza Bellah El-Gohary
and Mostafa El-Hebshi, along with Ahmed Abdel Fattah, of killing
peaceful protesters outside the station on 28 January 2011, the
so-called “Friday of Rage.”
Meanwhile, Cairo Criminal Court sentenced four other police officers to
three years in prison for torturing Farouk Mahmoud to death while in
detention. Mahmoud was poisoned in Al-Saida Zeinab Prison.
Egypt's court has acquitted several other police officers accused of
killing protesters during the "Friday of Rage."
The lack of convictions for killing protesters — some 846 people died
during the 18-day uprising that began 25 January 2011 — has been an open
sore between the victims' families and the ruling military council. The
families have repeatedly complained that accused officers are walking free.
Mubarak and his two sons, Gamal and Alaa, along with Mubarak's minister
of interior, Habib El-Adly face charges of ordering the killing of
peaceful protesters during the 25 January uprising that toppled Mubarak
in early February.
The verdict in Mubarak's trial is scheduled for Saturday. The eyes of
all Egyptians will be on the outcome amid fears that he will be
acquitted like many police officers earlier.
The Mubarak trial began proceedings August 2011.