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379 Egypt protesters pardoned, charges dropped

Last Updated: Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 20:39

Cairo: An Egyptian criminal court has invoked a presidential amnesty and dismissed charges against 379 people accused of taking part in deadly clashes with police.

The charges stem from nearly two weeks of street fighting on downtown Cairo`s Mohammed Mahmoud street in November 2011 that left 42 people dead.

Young protesters, mostly die-hard soccer fans known as Ultras, led demonstrations against police near the Interior Ministry and Tahrir Square, the hub of Cairo`s activist movement.

They were demanding a timetable for the military officers who were then ruling the country to hand over power and hold presidential elections, and denouncing violent security crackdowns on sit-ins.

Judge Gamal Eddin Rushdi said on Saturday that his decision was based on the pardon issued by President Mohammed Morsi.


First Published: Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 20:39
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