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In Pictures: Mubarak retrial judge recuses

The retrial of former president Hosni Mubarak came to an abrupt end in its first session on Saturday after presiding judge Mostafa Abdallah recused himself. Abdallah referred the case back to the Cairo Court of Appeals which will now have to assign the case to a different bench. The Cairo Criminal Court judge had previously …

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Alexandria police officers trial indefinitely adjourned for security reasons

By Abdel Rahman Youssef ALEXANDRIA: Head of the Alexandria Criminal Court decided Wednesday to indefinitely adjourn the trial of police officers accused of killing Jan. 25 protesters due to security reasons. Justice Mahmoud Abdel Hady told reporters that the court received a security report stating the difficulty in securing the courtroom. The report recommended transferring the …

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Court hands policemen suspended sentences for killing protesters

By AP CAIRO: An Egyptian court has given suspended, one-year sentences to 11 policemen accused of killing 22 protesters and wounding 44 others in Hadayeq El-Qobba during last year’s uprising. Judge Sabri Hamed acquitted three other policemen during a court hearing in Cairo held under tight security Tuesday. Victims’ families rejected the verdict and vowed …

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Lawyer calls on judges in Suez case to step down

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: The trial of 14 defendants involved in killing protesters in Suez during the January 2011 uprising was adjourned to April 11 as civil society lawyer and father of martyr Islam El-Geneidy called on the panel of judges to step down. After Thursday’s hearing, El-Geneidy told Daily News Egypt that these judges were …

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Egypt court overturns police death sentence

By AP CAIRO: An Egyptian court has overturned a death sentence against the only police officer convicted of killing protesters during 18-day uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak to step down last year. The Cairo Criminal Court on Wednesday acquitted policeman Mohamed Abdel-Moneim, who was sentenced to death for shooting 20 protesters on Jan. 28 last …

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Mubarak’s trial leaves Egypt with open wounds

By Dina Zayed / Reuters CAIRO: Mohamed Moustafa Morsy had to sneak out of his home to join the protests against Hosni Mubarak last year, afraid his parents would stop him if they knew where he was going. Hours later, the 22-year-old was dead, shot on his way to Tahrir Square. Morsy’s father is one of …

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Mubarak trial verdict June 2, says judge

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Following a nine-hour court session, presiding judge Ahmed Refaat announced that the final verdict in Hosni Mubarak’s trial will be pronounced on June 2, adding that the session will be aired live on national television. In what is known as the trial of the century, Egypt’s ousted president Mubarak, his ex-interior minister …

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Mubarak trial enters last day before verdict

By Samer Al-Atrush / AFP CAIRO: The landmark murder and corruption trial of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak entered its final day of hearings on Wednesday, with the judge expected to announce the date of the verdict. The trial could see the toppled dictator, his interior minister Habib Al-Adly and six security chiefs sent to the …

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Court frees five police over protester deaths

CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court cleared five police officers on Thursday of criminal charges over the killing of five protesters in El-Sayeda Zeinab during the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February. Families of the dead who attended the trial screamed in anger when the sentence was announced by Judge Essam Abdel Hamid. Police …

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Businessman arrested over protester deaths

By AP CAIRO: Egyptian police have arrested a businessman and his son who are accused of killing 18 protesters in the city of Suez during the uprising this year. Suez security chief Maj. Gen. Adil Rafat said Wednesday that police tracked down Ibrahim Farag and his son Adil in Cairo. The two men had been …

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Egypt gives desk jobs to officers charged with murder

By AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s interior minister ordered on Tuesday that 54 police officers on trial for killing protesters be transferred to desk jobs in the ministry, security sources said, rather than suspending them. Although on trial, the officers are free on bail and working in between hearings. Others, including former interior minister Habib Al-Adli, are …

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Mubarak denies ordering Egyptian protesters killed

By Hamza Hendawi /AP CAIRO: Ex-president Hosni Mubarak has told interrogators he did not order security forces to open fire on protesters during the 18-day uprising that ousted him, according to a leaked transcript of his interrogation that was published Thursday. He also insisted that no one would have listened to him had he ordered a …

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Outrage in Suez after policemen accused of killing protesters released on bail

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: The Suez Criminal Court released on bail 14 defendants charged with the murder and attempted murder of peaceful protesters, causing outrage on Monday among Suez residents who demanded justice for the martyrs. Bail was set at LE 10,000 for each defendant, including 10 police officers, and the case was adjourned to …

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Alex trial of officers accused of killing protesters adjourned

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: The Alexandria Criminal Court adjourned on Monday the case of six high ranking officers, charged with the murder and attempted murder of peaceful protesters, to Oct. 17 amid chaos in the courtroom. The families were outraged by the “unjustified’ postponement of the trial, Khalaf Bayoumi, the lawyer representing the families of martyrs …

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17 of recently buried martyrs were prison inmates, says deputy coroner

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: Deputy Chief Coroner Magda Helal said Thursday evening that 17 of the 19 unidentified bodies believed to have been killed during the revolution were brought into the morgue donning the blue prison uniforms. “Most probably they were inmates at Fayoum prison,” she said in a telephone interview with On TV’s Akher Kalam …

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Last victims of Egypt’s uprising buried in Cairo

CAIRO: Nameless in death, the last 19 victims among hundreds killed during Egypt’s uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak were buried Thursday in the country’s capital, hailed as martyrs who sacrificed their lives for freedom. Their bodies had lingered for months in Cairo’s morgues, never identified or claimed by anyone, until the authorities on Wednesday …

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Mubarak denies knowing protesters killed, sons’ interrogations resume Monday

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: The interrogation of ousted president Hosni Mubarak was reportedly interrupted three times after he broke out in tears when questioned on charges of killing protesters, misuse of power and profiteering. According to press reports, Mubarak denied that he had any information about the killing of protesters in the early days of the …

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Policeman gets death for protest murders

By AFP CAIRO: An Egyptian court condemned a policeman to death on Sunday for killing 20 protesters, in the first such sentencing of a security forces member for the murder of demonstrators during a January-February revolt. Mohammed Al-Sonni was found guilty of having shot dead “at random” 20 demonstrators and wounding 15 others to fend …

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