CAIRO: The Port Said Criminal Court on Saturday sentenced 20 defendants to life in prison in the case known in media as “storming Port Said prison,” Youm7 reported.
The court also sentenced other 30 defendants in the same case to jail terms ranging from to 5 to 10 years.
The defendants were arrested over deadly clashes that erupted outside Port Said General Prison in January 2013 in which at least 42 people, including two policemen, were killed and hundreds injured. Media reports indicated that some of those who died were not protesting, but were passersby.
Violence in Egypt’s Suez Canal city has raged for hours after a court handed down death sentences against fans of Port Said football club Al-Masry after 74 people were killed in post-match violence in February 2012 following a match with Cairo’s giant Al Ahly.
The defendants face charges of arms acquisition, Infiltration among the protesters and randomly opening fire after the hearing of the Port Said stadium massacre case was made public.
The January 2013 deadly clashes were followed by a 30-day curfew and state of emergency as per decision by then- President Mohamed Morsi.