Court to resume hearings in Port Said massacre on 13 October

The Ismailia Court of Appeals set hearings to resume 13 October in the Port Said massacre case, after it turned down a request from a defense lawyer to change the court panel overseeing the case on Tuesday .

Last week, the court rejected the request and fined the lawyers LE18,000. The defense lawyer for Mohsen Sheta, the general manager of Port Said’s Masry football club, had claimed in his request that the judges did not respond to the defense lawyers’ demands.

The Port Said Criminal Court is due to resume on 13 October hearing the arguments of defense lawyers for the defendants.

The case is being heard by the Port Said Criminal Court at the Police Academy in New Cairo. Around 75 people are being tried in the case, which held its first hearing last March, including the former head of security in Port Said , three of his aides, police officers who were working security at the match and some Masry Club fans.

On 1 February, 74 people were killed and hundreds injured when Masry supporters stormed the pitch after a rare victory over Cairo’s leading team, Ahly.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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