CAIRO: The killer of Shaimaa al-Sabbagh, an activist who was shot dead during a protest in downtown Cairo in January, has been identified; head of Qasr el-Nil Prosecution Judge Samir Hassan was quoted by Youm7 Tuesday.
“The killer has been identified by a technical committee that has examined the videos recorded by surveillance cameras in the vicinity of the accident,” said Hassan.
The Attorney General plans to announce the name of the killer and more details about the incident in an official statement during the coming few days, said Hassan, who refused to mention further information about the killer and the authority he works for.
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 were captured by Youm7, and 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 after the incident. He claimed that Sabbagh was killed by “outsider who infiltrated the protest.”