Egypt condemns Israel's 'excessive use of force' against Palestinians    Finance officials to clamp down on multinational tax evasion    Egyptian policeman injured in blast near 6 October police station    FIFA mulls delaying presidential election : sources    Egypt raises taxes on airplane tickets    Landmine kills one Egyptian, wounds another in Suez desert    Egypt to restore King Tutankhamun's mask after botched epoxy job    Stocks eye biggest rally in 4 years on Fed relief    Turkey says concerned about new Syrian migrant wave as Russia strikes    Barcelona back Messi in tax fraud case    BREAKING: Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet wins Nobel Peace Prize    'Infectious' Klopp promises "full throttle" football at Anfield    Conditional support    Moscow's divisive plans    New support for the private sector    Briefs    Time tactics on the dam    All fall down    Super away    Egypt and karate the winners    The mark of victory    A poor performance?    Universities under control    Apathy resurgent    Theatre    Music & Dance    Rediscovering cultural heritage    Egyptian court accepts prosecution appeal against Islamist figures' release    Controversial candidates Ezz, El-Masry out of Egypt's electoral race    Dollar gets lift from higher U.S. yields    Egypt's annual inflation spiked in September    Proverb of the day: They said, "The camel climbed the palm tree," they said; "Here is the camel and here is the palm tree," the others answered قالو الجمل طلع النخلة قالوا أدي الجمل و أدي النخلة    Stinky Paris: Garbage collectors strike over pay, cost cuts    Egypt, Iran To Maintain Middle East Economic Stability In Next Two Years: IMF    Pro-Sisi coalitions to dominate Egypt's parliamentary elections    White House condemns violence in West Bank, Jerusalem    Obama apologizes to MSF after bombing    French PM to visit Egypt on Saturday for cooperative deals    Climate change risks endemic conflict, migration, says new defence think-tank chief    Nobel Prize in literature: What to look out for    Egypt Super Cup is a difficult mission: Ahly's caretaker coach Zizo    Egypt's Pope Tawadros II makes first official trip to U.S.    Egypt's left wing groups downcast ahead of parliamentary elections    Sisi rejects criticism of Saudi Arabia over Hajj tragedy    Freed Al Jazeera Journalist Mohamed Fahmy Leaves Egypt for Canada    Egypt coach Cuper calls for football fans return    INTERVIEW: Egypt's antiquities minister speaks on the search for Nefertiti in Tutankhamun's tomb    Egypt pledges fast work amid search for Nefertiti's tomb    

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.