Court postpones trial of officers accused in protester murders

A criminal court decided Tuesday to postpone the trial of senior police officers accused of murdering protesters during the 25 January revolution.

The court named 3 September as the new date for the session. Suspects in this case are Farouk Lashin, Qalyubiya's security chief, and three aides.

The criminal court in the Shubra al-Kheima neighborhood in Qalyubiya Governorate has requested minutes of meetings of the governorate’s security officials during the period between 25 and 30 January, orders given to police forces, and reports on ammunition stock lists at each police department.

Police and military forces have been imposed tight security measures around the court. The defendants had been referred to the criminal court over charges of manslaughter and attempted murder of protesters during the 25 January revolution.

Earlier investigations had found that the suspects took part in plans to block protesters from the 28 January demonstrations, known as the "Friday of Anger".

Clashes had broken out between security forces and protesters from Qalyubiya, who had attempted to enter Cairo. The encounters left nearly 20 dead and 40 others injured.

An investigation by the prosecution found that security forces used unjustifiable violence with demonstrators, including live ammunition, killing some protesters.

On 4 July, a court in Suez released on bail other officers accused of killing protesters, infuriating many victims’ families. The decision triggered mass protests last Friday in Cairo and other governorates.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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