Egypt begins trial over Feb. protest camel charge

September 11, 2011 20:12

CAIRO - Egypt has begun the trial of former top officials accused of sending men on horseback and camels charging into a crowd of protesters on one of the most violent days of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in February.

The assault by the horse and camel riders, who whipped the crowd as they galloped into Tahrir Square on Feb. 2, was one of the most startling images of the 18-day uprising and helped galvanize protests among Egyptians shocked by the violence.

Among the group of 25 people on trial are Fathi Sorour, former speaker in the lower house of parliament, and Safwat Sherif, former head of parliament's upper house who was a longtime confidant of Mubarak. Both denied charges against them.

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