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Former Port Said security chief and three of his top aides acquitted

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Cleared of premeditated and attempted murder of protestors during 25 January revolution

Police officer monitor proceedings in an Egyptian Court (File photo) Mohamed Omar

Police officer monitor proceedings in an Egyptian Court (File photo)
Mohamed Omar

The former Port Said security Chief and three of his top aides were acquitted of murder charges at the Port Said criminal court, held at the New Cairo court in the fifth settlement, on Sunday, reported state news agency MENA.

Major General Salah El-Din Gad Ahmed, former Port Said security chief, Colonel Ashraf Ezzat Abd-el-Hakim, director of Port Said security forces, and Lieutenant Colonel Mohamed Al-Sayed, of the central security sector, were charged with the premeditated murder of three protesters and the attempted murder of others during the 25 January revolution.

The charges by public prosecutor Abd El-Meguid Mahmoud stated that the defendants resolved to murder protesters and also ordered their forces to deal with protesters by shooting to kill, terrorise or disperse them.

Gad Ahmed was also accused of seriously damaging the funds and interests of his directorate, as he failed to assess the situation wisely and ordered the use of force against protesters; he also deployed security forces to impede the protesters which led to a security vacuum.

However the court, led by counsellor Sobhi Abd el-Meguid, found the defendants not guilty of all charges, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper.


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