Egypt Independent

Trial of police officers accused of killing protesters adjourned to February

An Egyptian court on Sunday adjourned to 4 February the trial of four senior police officers accused of killing protesters during the 25 January uprising. The adjournment was made at the request of the defendants' legal team.

The defendants include Farouk Lashin, the former security director for Qaliubiya, Gamal Hosny, the deputy security director for the South Qaliubiya sector, and two assistant security directors for Shubra al-Khaimah, Ahmed Mumtaz and Samir Zaki.

In March, the public prosecutor referred the defendants to the Criminal Court on charges of murder and attempted murder of protesters during the 25 January uprising.

According to the investigations, the defendants were involved in plans to prevent protesters from Qaliubiya and other governorates from participating in what was dubbed “Friday of Rage” on 28 January. Clashes erupted between security forces and protesters on 28 January in Cairo and Qaliubiya in south of Cairo, in which 20 people were killed and many others were injured.

According to the prosecutor's investigations, security forces dealt with the eprotesters with unjustified violence to prevent them from reaching Tahrir Square. Eye witnesses confirmed that the police used live ammunition, leading to the deaths of several protesters.

Translated from the Arabic Edition