CAIRO: The Qasr el-Nil prosecution has identified suspects in the killing of activist Shaimaa al-Sabbagh, and is investigating the case, Youm7 reported Saturday.
Civilians and policemen who were present within a 10-meter diameter circle of the scene were summoned for investigation, head of Qasr el-Nil Prosecution Judge Samir Hassan was quoted by Youm7.
Sabbagh, 32, was shot dead in downtown Cairo Saturday as riot police were trying to break-up a small, peaceful demonstration celebrating the fourth anniversary of the January 25 Revolution. Images of Sabbagh’s bleeding body went viral across social media, sparking public outrage and condemnation.
Sabbaugh was fatally shot in the back from a range of 3-8 meters, according to the official forensic report. Images of the dispersal of the protest captured by Youm7 show Sabbagh before and after she was shot. In an image of her kneeling on the pavement a security officer holding a rifle can be seen directly behind her.
The Socialist Popular Alliance, of which Sabbagh was a member, has accused the police of killing her and condemned the “excessive use of force” in dispersing the protest. However, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim denied the allegations in a press conference Tuesday. He claimed that Sabbagh was killed by “outsider who infiltrated the protest.”
A technical committee headed by Hassan, was formed immediately after her killing to gather and examine the incident’s videos and footage posted on social media websites.
Investigations are being carried out with those who appear in the video and “their testimonies are being reviewed carefully by the prosecution team,” said Hassan adding that the spent bullets are also being examined to determine the weapon used.