48 charged with killing journalist Mayada Ashraf
Journalists marks the first anniversary of press martyr Mayada Ashraf - YOUM7

CAIRO: Attorney General Hisham Barakat referred 48 suspects to criminal court for involvement in the death of three people, including journalist Mayada Ashraf last year, Youm7 reported Saturday.

The 48 defendants, who allegedly belong to the banned Muslim Brotherhood group, are also accused of killing a child and a Coptic woman during a protest in Cairo’s northeastern district of Aim Shams on March, 28, 2014.

Ashraf, a 22-year-old reporter for the Al-Dostour newspaper, was fatally shot as she was covering clashes between security forces and pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters.

The protest was in response to the announcement of then-Defense Minister Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi to run in the presidential elections which were held two months later.

Thirty-five of the defendants are currently in custody, while arrest warrants have been issued for the other 13, Barakat was quoted by Youm7 Sunday.

They defendants also are accused of “possession and manufacture of firearms and explosive devices, murder, attempted murder, and vandalizing public property,” Barakat was quoted by Al-Ahram Sunday.

Security forces and Muslim Brotherhood protesters have blamed each other for causing Ashraf’s death.

The forensic report and eyewitnesses confirmed Ashraf died from being shot in the head. Her death was condemned by local and international human rights organizations and public figures.

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