Court postpones trial over killing of protesters in Damietta to May

Damietta Criminal Court on Sunday postponed to 16 May the trial of two security officials accused of killing protesters and attempting to murder another 68 on 28 January last year, a date commonly known as the Friday of Anger.

The plaintiffs’ lawyers requested a reinvestigation and demanded that the forensic medicine department in Cairo examine the injured and send medical reports on their conditions.

The defense accused a “third party” of killing the protesters. They insisted “hidden hands” killed protesters and demanded a report of names of Palestinians who entered Egypt during the revolution.

Authorities heightened security around the court and the surrounding streets during the trial’s seventh session. The April 6 Youth Movement protested outside the court, holding pictures of the martyrs and demanding retaliation.

More than 800 people were killed during protests last year against the rule of the ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

Mubarak, former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and six of Adly’s deputies await a final ruling on charges of killing protesters to be issued in June.

Last week, an Egyptian court cleared a police officer in Cairo on charges of killing protesters.

Courts issued similar ruling in February for a police officer of Salam Police Station, and another one was issued earlier for police officers from Sayeda Zeinab police stations.

Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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