Defendants in El-Sabbagh protesters trial acquitted
Socialist Popular Alliance Party members acquitted over violating Protest Law - YOUM7/hussein tallal

CAIRO:  A total of 17 members of the Socialist Popular Alliance Party were acquitted of violating the protest law and inciting riots during a protest, in which political activist Shaimaa al-Sabbagh was shot dead on January 24, Youm7 reported.

Sabbagh was fatally shot in a peaceful march celebrating the 4th anniversary of the January 25 Revolution near Tahrir Square. On May 17, The Public Prosecutor referred a policeman to a criminal court over charges of killing the activist. Sabbagh was one of the defendants, but the case was dropped against her due to her death.

Abdeen Misdemeanors court said the Saturday acquittal is based on “the ambiguity and lack of evidences against the defendants.”

The presiding judge Amir Assem added that the defendants and other protesters asked the police forces in Tahrir Square to put bunches of flowers on the memorial of the January 25 Revolution victims, but their request was refused and the police forces fired tear gas to disperse the mob.

In November 2013, Egypt’s Interim President Adly Mansour has passed a controversial protest law; hereby a group of people, more than ten people, should get permission from the Ministry of Interior to protest.


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