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Prosecutor sends 163 to court for committing ‘massacre’

Defendants are facing charges of murder and attacking security forces


Egyptians react from behind the defendants cage on May 19, 2014 during their trial over deadly violence in the Sidi Gaber neighbourhood of the northern port city of Alexandria on July 5 last year, two days after the army overthrew Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. Earlier in the year a court sentenced to death two men for throwing youths off an apartment block roof, one of whom died, during the violence that broke out when supporters and opponents of Morsi took to the streets of Egypt's second city, with one group demanding his reinstatement and the other celebrating the end of his sole year in power.  (AFP PHOTO / STR)
Egyptians react from behind the defendants cage on May 19, 2014 during their trial over deadly violence in the Sidi Gaber neighbourhood of the northern port city of Alexandria on July 5 last year, two days after the army overthrew Egypt’s ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
(AFP PHOTO / STR)

 

Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat referred 163 defendants involved in the Sidi Gaber clashes in Alexandria to its criminal court on Wednesday.

The defendants are facing charges of committing a “massacre” killing 29 people, and attempting to murder 30 after the dispersal of pro-Mohamed Morsi sit-ins in August 2013.

“Investigations have been taking place to confirm the causes of death of the victims, as well as inspecting the corpses and questioning 43 eyewitnesses,” according to a Wednesday statement from the prosecution.

Investigations indicated that the defendants, who are allegedly members of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, reacted to the death of one of its members by carrying different melee and automatic weapons, gathering at Ibrahim Square, and violently clashing with local residents.

“The defendants fired randomly at whoever wanted to stop them. They were aiming to create chaos in the neighbourhood, terrorising citizens, and destroying public properties,” the statement said.

It added that afterwards the alleged attackers headed to the Sidi Gaber police station, assaulting a police officer and other security personnel.

What followed, according to the statement, were violent confrontations between the defendants and the locals, as the former headed to the Stanley district. “There, the attackers used Molotov cocktails and rocks to assault citizens, killing 29 people and injuring 30 others.”

Forensic reports indicated that most of the victims suffered from gunshots, severe cuts, fractured bones and nick injuries.

The statement added that security forces were able to arrest 157, who after the investigations are facing charges of “terrorism, carrying unlicensed weapons, attempted murder, attacking police forces, thuggery and blocking roads”.

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