Court clears police officer of killing teenager during revolution

Court clears police officer of killing teenager during revolution

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Wed, 19/12/2012 - 15:07

The Suez Criminal Court on Wednesday acquitted police officer Mohamed Rabei, known as Hogan, of killing a teenager who was serving on a popular committee during the 25 January revolution.

Rabei was accused of shooting 13-year old Ahmed Magdy, who died as a result of gunshot wounds, according to eyewitnesses. Rabei turned himself in to the prosecution.

Rabei was seen in the defendant’s cage, while the victim’s mother called for imposing a harsh penalty on him.

Magdy’s mother, Reda Kamel, said that proceedings against suspects accused of killing revolutionaries are farcical, as all of the defendants have been cleared. 

Four popular committee members had also accused Rabei, a member of the Arbaeen Police Department, of seizing an ambulance and shooting citizens who were guarding property overnight on 28 January 2011. The popular committees were formed after police withdrew from their positions.

The court also on Wednesday rejected a lawsuit filed against deposed President Hosni Mubarak and his Interior Minister Habib al-Adly.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm