Alexandria court adjourns protester murder trial

The Alexandria Criminal Court decided on Saturday evening to adjourn a trial in which former security officials are accused of killing protesters to 16 October, when the court would hear the prosecution’s argument.

Former head of the Alexandria Police Department Mohamed Ibrahim, former head of Central Security for Alexandria Adel al-Leqany and four others are charged with killing protesters on 28 January 2011, the "Friday of Anger."

During Saturday’s session, the prosecution screened video evidence for two hours, while the defense submitted its own footage that it said would clear the defendants.

The families of the martyrs protested before the court, chanting for retribution from the defendants. The families were not allowed to enter the courtroom, and the head judge said the session would be canceled if they tried to do so.

The area surrounding the court is under strict security measures and the building was encircled by Central Security Forces.

Police officers and security officials across Egypt have been acquitted of killing protesters during the 25 January revolution that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak. Activists and revolutionary groups have accused the public prosecution of failing to gather enough evidence to obtain convictions. Six former high-ranking security officials serving under former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly were acquitted of killing protesters in June.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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