Egypt: imprisonment for deadly soccer riots

Egypt: imprisonment for deadly soccer riots

The rage was mainly ignited by acquittals for seven police officers. In cairo, supporters of both soccer clubs attacked a police sports club with arson and stormed a soccer federation building. According to doctors, one person died and at least 14 were injured.

The trial works the bloody clashes of 1. February 2012. At the time, 74 people were killed in the northern port city when fans of the local club al-masri brutally attacked supporters of the rival al-ali club after the final whistle. The victims are officially considered "martyrs. Because fans of the traditional cairo club were considered the spearhead of the revolution against long-time president husni mubarak and are therefore very popular.

The police chief responsible has now been sentenced to 15 years in prison, along with another police officer and eight other defendants. Five defendants jailed for life. Six prison sentences of more than ten years and two of more than five years were also handed down. A convicted man must spend a year behind bars.

But there were also 28 acquittals – including for seven of the nine accused security forces. A total of 73 people were charged in connection with the fubball tragedy – mainly fans of al-masri. They had to answer for premeditated murder, gross negligence or possession of weapons. The trial had been moved to the police academy in cairo for security reasons. The verdicts are not yet legally binding.

The death sentences in the trial at the end of january had triggered massive riots in the suez canal region. More than 40 people were killed at the time.

This time, fans of the cairo al-ahli club, from whose ranks most of the victims of the riots came, initially reacted to the verdict in a divided manner. Some celebrated the verdict, others were angry about the acquittals of the police officers and demanded retribution. As a police helicopter circled over al-ahli stadium, angry fans attacked the sports club nearby, later storming the federation building.

A representative of the soccer federation told state television that the attackers had burned papers and stolen trophies from the national team. There were isolated clashes on the nile between ultras and security forces. In port said, tense calm prevailed at first. State media reported that shipping traffic in the suez channel was also not hindered.

Military took over protection of police facilities in port said. The islamist president mohammed mursi had declared a state of emergency there a month ago because of the riots. Nationwide, the number of police officers on duty is currently depleted – about one in four is on strike. The police feel like the nation’s scapegoat – poorly protected and always blamed.

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