Alexandria Court returns case of killing demonstrators

The Alexandria Criminal Court has returned a case regarding the killing of demonstrators during the 25 January revolution, as the defense clashed with the plaintiffs in the courtroom in Sunday’s session, Al-Jazeera said.

The judges overseeing the case said that they are unable to continue the proceedings due to clashes that have been going between lawyers of the defense and the plaintiffs, according to MENA.

Accused in the case are former Alexandria Security Directorate head Mohamed Ibrahim, former Central Security Sector head Adel al-Laqany, and officers Wael al-Komy, Moataz al-Asqallany, Mostafa al-Damy and Mohamed Saafan.

Clashes continued between security forces and protesters in the vicinity of Alexandria Criminal Court. Protesters set fire to two police cars and threw stones at the security forces, who fired back tear gas canisters.

Several protesters were arrested, and ambulances were seen moving the wounded from both sides, but number of injuries remain unknown.

Other clashes broke out outside the Alexandria First Instance Court between security forces and families of plaintiffs protesting the sluggishness of the trial of police personnel accused of killing demonstrators during the revolution.

On Saturday, protesters also clashed with security forces in front of Alexandria Criminal Court.

Dozens of protesters threw stones at Central Security Forces around the court. CSF personnel redeployed around the court and were later reinforced with three armored vehicles.

Defendants in similar cases have been acquitted for lack of evidence, notably the aides of former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly, tried alongside former President Hosni Mubarak.

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