Brotherhood pressures martyr’s family to drop charges

A number of Muslim Brotherhood leaders have asked the family of a protester fatally wounded during a peaceful march in July to accept  financial compensation and drop the lawsuit against his killers, the family's lawyer reportedly told Al-Tahrir newspaper.

A rock struck Mohamed Mohsen on the head on 23 July when a group of unidentified people clashed with protesters marching from Tahrir Square to the Defense Ministry, located in Abbasseya. He died from his injuries in Nasser Institute Hospital on 3 August.

Mohsen's family has asked the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and the attorney general to open an investigation into their relative's death and take legal action against those involved. 

Human rights organizations have blamed the SCAF for the military's failure to stop the clashes that led to Mohsen's death.

Independent newspaper Al-Tahrir's website quoted the family's lawyer, Abdel Rahim al-Qenawy, as saying that some Brotherhood leaders pressed the martyr's family to accept money in exchange for dropping the lawsuit.

Qenawy said members of the group promised Mohsen's father a pilgrimage and jobs for his other sons.

Some members of the Salafi movement have also been actively trying to convince martyrs' families in Alexandria to accept money from police officers accused of killing their relatives.

Salafis allege that the regime of former President Hosni Mubarak relied on them to settle disputes through unofficial channels. The SCAF says it has not mandated the movement to square any disagreements related to deceased protesters.

More than 800 protesters were killed in a security crackdown during the uprising that toppled Mubarak in February. Former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly, Mubarak and other officials are facing trial on charges related to those deaths.

Martyrs’ families have reportedly been subject to threats and pressure from police authorities to drop their cases.

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