Cairo Criminal Court cleared on Saturday 155 suspects accused of committing violence during commemoration of the 40th anniversary of 6 October war.
Defendants were accused of assaulting police, damaging public and private properties, rioting, possessing edged-weapons and clashing with citizens and police and armed forces.
Once the verdict was announced, attendees in the courtroom chanted and flashed the Rabaa al-Adaweya salute. Others cried and shouted “down with military rule.”
Security troops cordoned off the court in the morning fearing riots.
Qasr al-Nil prosecution had earlier ordered arrest of the suspects pending investigations while a minor was turned in to his family. They were accused of involvement in the riots around Tahrir Square. Suspects were referred to court of urgent matters.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm