5 members of Salafi Front arrested in Cairo ahead of 28 November protests    Fawry changing the culture of payment in Egypt: Top management    UAE fund to provide $200 mln in loans to microfinance projects in Egypt    Suicide Bomber Kills 45 at Volleyball Match in Afghanistan    Sudan to invest in Damietta logistics project    Exclusive: China Ready to Cut Rates Again on Fears of Deflation - Sources    EGP14bn worth of Taxes Revenues Collected from Egyptian Trade Chambers – EFCC    Vodafone Egypt's Annual Revenues are worth EGP13bn    What happened to Egypt's NGOs?    Port Said trial postponed to 20 December    IBM Egypt Rolls out Watson Solutions for Disease Diagnosis via 3G-Technology    Rain, low temperatures to continue across Egypt    Egypt aims to renegotiate Suez Canal container port deal    Egypt, UAE militaries in 3rd joint training this year    11 militants killed in North Sinai: Armed forces    Obama to Republican critics on immigration: 'Pass a bill'    Sexual harassment still pervasive in Egypt, despite new law    Al-Sisi embarks on Europe trip    2nd Czech government minister targeted with poison    Inter Milan target Champs League, says Mancini    Egypt's Beltone to issue bonus shares, raise capital    Iraqi troops retake 2 towns in eastern province    Health ministry launches medical protocol for victims of gender-based violence    Ahly coach criticises youngsters despite Nasr victory    Egypt's Sisi Heads to Rome on First European Visit    Obama Leaves Open Possibility of Extended Iran Talks    Egyptian squash player wins world title for 3rd time    Iraqi Kurds Prepare Sinjar Mountain Offensive    South Sudanese President Invites Al-Sisi for Official Visit    Man City's Pellegrini feeling pressure ahead of Bayern clash    Bestselling author Daniel Handler apologizes over 'watermelon's' racist remark    El-Sisi Receives Report About Egypt's Post-Morsi Violence    VIDEO: Ahli grab dramatic 96th minute win, Zamalek go top    How does Egyptian culture influence its politics?    Egyptian policeman killed in Sinai explosion    South Sudanese president invites Al-Sisi for official visit    Army refused to secure the match: Port Said trial defendant    El-Sisi receives report about Egypt's post-Morsi violence    Swine flu kills pregnant Egyptian woman    Egyptian President To Meet Pope Francis Monday    Bomb Blast Near Southern Egypt Train Station: Ministry    New Dubai-based online gallery calls for artist submissions    First Impression: Living is Easy With Eyes Closed screens at Panorama    VIDEO: Egypt fail in CAN qualifying bid for third time    Australian Actor Chris Hemsworth Named 'Sexiest Man Alive' By People Magazine    German Auction House Putting Hitler Watercolour On Market    How Michael Jackson Made $150 Million In 2014    Little Egypt: Journey through history in 2 hours    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.




Your friends recommend

75 face trial over Port Said deaths
Published in The Egyptian Gazette on 16 - 03 - 2012

CAIRO - Egypt's top prosecutor Thursday charged 75 people with murder and negligence in connection with a deadly soccer riot early last month in the Mediterranean city of Port Said between Al-Ahly of Cairo and El-Masri of Port Said.
After the home side won 3-1, their fans set upon the rival supporters in a killing frenzy that witnesses said lasted 30 minutes. At least 74 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured in the February 1 riot, the world's worst soccer-related disaster in 15 years.
"The Prosecution has referred the case to a criminal court, having charged 75 people with premeditated murder," Adel el-Saeed, the spokesman for the Prosecution, told a press conference, carried by the official Middle East News Agency (MENA).
Those charged include nine police officers and two minors. Among the police officers are Maj. Gen. Essam Samak, who was Port Said's security chief at the time of the riot. He has already been suspended.
El-Saeed added that the accused intended to kill some of Ahly's fans called 'Ultras', as revenge for previous disputes.
He said that, after the referee blew up at the end of the match, El-Masri fans attacked the victims in the stands, beating, stoning and even throwing some of them out of the stands.
The culprits had prepared for the massacre with knives, rocks and explosives. Fans from the two teams have a history of animosity, el-Saeed said.
Many witnesses claimed that policemen at the venue did nothing to stop the bloodshed.
El-Saeed added that the accused policemen and officials at El-Masri Club allowed more than 3,000 people to enter the stadium without inspecting them, while security guards also allowed them onto the pitch.
The Prosecution added that these policemen helped the rest of the accused attack Ahly fans in their stands.
Policemen stood by without trying to stop the violence, while an electrical engineer plunged the stadium into darkness, in order to help the accused attack the Ahly fans, el-Saeed said. .
The Prosecution holds policemen and officials at El-Masri Club entirely responsible, he added.
El-Saeed said that more than 700 people, including 145 Port Said policemen and soccer officials, have been questioned about the tragic incident.
The Port Said riot led to the cancellation of the Premier League season and sparked days of clashes in Cairo between police and protesters accusing the Interior Ministry, which is in charge of police, of doing nothing to protect Al-Ahly fans.
The Egyptian Football Association has yet to punish El-Masri for the riot. It is widely expected that the team will be relegated and banned from playing any official games in its stadium for three years.
Meanwhile, Ultras Ahly and Ultras White Knights (the latter being Zamalek fans) Thursday marched from the Ahly Club premises to the downtown 'Supreme Judiciary House', calling for allocating a certain court for the accused in the case to be tried.
The date of the trial has not been set yet.


Clic here to read the story from its source.