Egypt Independent

Attorney general appeals acquittal of police officers accused of killing protesters



Attorney General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud on Monday appealed against the acquittal of six police officers on charges of killing protesters.

In the memo of appeal, Mahmoud said that the ruling has flaws in causation, reasoning and in the application of the law.

On 29 December, Cairo Criminal Court acquitted the policemen accused of killing demonstrators in Cairo’s Sayeda Zeinab neighborhood during the 25 January uprising. The ruling outraged the families of the victims, who began shouting outside the court.

The six policemen had been charged with the attempted murder of six demonstrators and the murder of five others on 28 and 29 January 2011.

Over the past few months, several Egyptian courts have acquitted policemen accused of killing demonstrators in various governorates during the 25 January uprising.

The only policeman to be issued the death penalty, Mohamed Ibrahim Abdel Moneim, is currently undergoing a retrial.

At least 800 people were killed during the 18 days of protests that toppled Mubarak last February, and more than 6,000 were wounded by live ammunition, rubber bullets, water cannons and batons.