Trial of Alexandria police officers adjourned to 19 January

The Alexandria Criminal Court on Tuesday adjourned to 19 January the trial of security officials and police officers accused of killing peaceful protesters during the 25 January revolution.

Former head of the Alexandria Police Department Mohamed Ibrahim, former head of Central Security for Alexandria Adel al-Leqany, and four others are charged with killing 96 protesters and injuring 490 on 28 January 2011, the "Day of Anger."

Dozens of martyrs' families staged a protest outside the court amid tight security measures. The families were allowed to watch the session outside the court on a screen after the head judge ruled on Saturday that they would not be admitted inside.

The families protested the adjournment, saying that postponing the case to January 2013 is simply procrastination. Some demonstrators set off fireworks and chanted slogans against the Interior Ministry.

The court has been hearing the case since mid-April 2011. During Saturday’s session, the prosecution screened video evidence for two hours showing scenes of police officers clashing with protesters in different parts of Alexandria.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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