Egypt charging 25 for sending camels into Tahrir Square

July 7, 2011 18:01

CAIRO - The head of Egypt's Judicial Investigation Commission referred 25 people including aides of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak for trial on Thursday for instigating a camel charge to break up mass protests in February.

Mubarak loyalists mounted on camels and horses charged through crowds of protesters on Feb. 2, a decisive moment in the 18-day uprising against his rule.

Among those sent for trial were Fathi Sorour, former speaker in the lower house of parliament and Safwat Sherif, former head of parliament's upper house.

"The [accused] are referred to criminal court on charges of inciting the killing of protesters in the camel event," said Mohamed al-Sabrout, a lawyer handling the case.

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