CAIRO:Cairo criminal court has acquitted prominent member of the dissolved National Democratic Party (NDP) Wael Abu el-Lail of incitement to kill protesters during clashes that erupted in Tahrir Square in April 2011, Youm7 reported Thursday
Attorney General referred Abu el-Lail, Osama al-Shashtawy and Amr Youssef to the criminal court over charges of “inciting the killing of protestors and attacking personal freedom,” according to Youm7.
On April 8, 2011, revolutionary groups organized a million-man march, known as “the Friday of Purification and Accountability” to protest against the then ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and to demand the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak and prominent figures of his regime.
After the end of the protest, hundreds of protesters stayed in Tahrir Square and vowed to keep protesting until Mubarak was tried and other demands were met.
On April 9, 2011, the SCAF ordered the arrest of business tycoon Ibrahim Kamel, an NDP member, and accused him of being involved in instigating the violent clashes between demonstrators and army forces.
Aboul-Lail was allegedly one of Kamel’s followers.
The National Democratic Party, Egypt’s ruling party for nearly 40 years, was dissolved by a court ruling in April 2011.