Defendants in Cabinet violence case ordered released

The Cairo Criminal Court has ordered the release of all defendants who were arrested after the Cabinet protests in December 2011, while keeping charges against them in place.

The defendants are accused of burning I’Institute d’Egypt, blocking traffic and attacking police and military officials.

The court also decided to summon former Interior Minister Mansour al-Essawy and former military police commander Hamdy Badeen to testify on 29 November in the same case, as well as current Republican Guard Commander Mohammad Ahmed Zaki, who served as the Paratrooper Force Commander during the events.

The Cabinet protests that took place by the end of last year resulted in the death of 20 people, including the iconic Azhar Sheikh Emad Effat who were shot on 17 December, in addition to the injury of hundreds of protesters.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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