Another police officer accused of killing protesters acquitted

Cairo Criminal Court on Saturday cleared a policeman of killing protesters during massive protests against the former President Hosni Mubarak on 28 February of last year, dubbed the “Friday of Anger,” MENA reported.

This is the latest in a series of court verdicts acquitting police officers charged with killing protesters during the 18-day uprising against Mubarak.

Human rights lawyers have accused prosecutors of not conducting meaningful investigations to get perpetrators convicted.

Police Captain Abdel Aziz al-Hamouly had been accused of the attempted murder of three protesters outside Wayly Police Station on 28 January 2011.

Mohamed Khalafallah, the presiding judge, issued his verdict after the defense team requested the acquittal of Hamouly, arguing that the charges and investigations were invalid, MENA reported.

Earlier this month, the Cairo Criminal Court acquitted three police officers of killing protesters in the Zawaya al-Hamra district. Another police officer was also acquitted this month of killing two protesters in front of Cairo's Sharbia Police Station.

No serious sentences have yet been issued to any of those who killed protesters. Over 800 citizens were killed during the 18-day uprising.

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