Egypt court frees five police over protester deaths

By REUTERS
December 29, 2011 17:36

 
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CAIRO - An Egyptian court cleared five police officers on Thursday of criminal charges over the killing of five protesters during the uprising that ousted president Hosni Mubarak in February.

Families of the dead who attended the trial screamed in anger when the sentence was announced by Judge Essam Abdel Hamid. Police officers crowded outside the judge's office after the verdict to protect him.

"We demand that they (the police officers) are all sent to their deaths," shouted relatives of the slain protesters who had crowded into the courtroom to hear the sentences.

The police officers were ordered months ago to face trial over the killings, which took place in front of a police station on Jan. 28 and 29 as the uprising spread.

A statement explaining the judge's verdict was expected in coming days.

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