Verdict on policeman accused of killing demonstrators to be given on Wednesday

The Cairo Criminal Court will issue its verdict on Mohamed Abdel Moneim Ibrahim, a policeman accused of killing demonstrators on 28 January 2011 in the Zawya al-Hamra district, on Wednesday after hearing closing arguments from his attorney on Sunday.

Ibrahim, also known as Al-Sunni, arrived at the court at 1:30 pm on Sunday. His lawyer said he did not intend to kill the demonstrators but was rather defending himself, his place of work and the whole society.

He also said eyewitnesses have testified that the shooting was coming from all directions, which means it could not have been Ibrahim, adding that the assault on the district’s police station was to help prisoners escape.

He denied that Ibrahim fired a barrage of bullets to disperse demonstrators, and said he meant to protect the station that was set ablaze by demonstrators throwing Molotov cocktails.

He also asserted the impossibility that Ibrahim could have injured the victim in the case, as the distance between them was too great for a bullet to enter and exit the victim’s body.

Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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