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Port Said trial adjourned to May 5

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: The Port Said Criminal Court adjourned Tuesday the trial of 75 men accused in the deaths of over 70 football fans in Port Said to May 5 to hear the testimonies of the witnesses. The court session was adjourned twice due to chaos caused by the defendants who were held inside …


Port Said football deaths trial disrupted by protest

By AP CAIRO: The opening trial of those charged in connection to the deaths of 75 people killed in Egypt’s worst football violence was briefly adjourned when defendants erupted in protest to proclaim their innocence. The 73 defendants, among them nine senior police officers, face charges relating to the riot after a football match in …


Angry soccer fans shake Egypt’s fragile peace

By Tom Pfeiffer and Osama Khairy / Reuters CAIRO: Lingering enmity between Egyptian soccer fans and police since the country’s deadliest stadium disaster could shatter a fragile calm on the streets as the army prepares to hand power to civilians. Many soccer supporters are convinced a post-match stampede that left 74 people dead in Port Said …


Ultras continue PA sit-in, MP criticizes Port Said isolation

By Heba Hesham CAIRO: Hundreds of Ultras Ahlawy, Al-Ahly soccer team’s fan club, continued a sit-in for a second day in front of the People’s Assembly to demand swift trials for those involved in the Port Said football massacre and a suspension of sports activities in the country pending retribution for the martyrs. On Feb. 1, …


Port Said soccer fans, troops clash; 1 killed

By Agencies CAIRO: Soldiers clashed with thousands of angry soccer fans in a Mediterranean coastal city over the suspension of their club following a deadly riot last month, witnesses said Saturday. A medical official said a teenager was killed and 68 people injured. The Feb. 1 melee following a match in the city of Port …


Officers to face trial for Port Said massacre; Ultras march for justice

By Mai Shams El-Din CAIRO: Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud referred Thursday 75 defendants, including nine policemen, to court for their alleged involvement in the Port Said football massacre. “The accused were sent to a criminal court on charges of committing the crime of intentional and premeditated murder,” the general prosecutor’s office said in a statement …


MPs demand end of Port Said ‘smear campaign’

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: Port Said parliamentarians said Tuesday that the smear campaign against the people of the province must stop, and urged a fact-finding committee investigating the February ‘massacre’ to conclude its report. During the morning session of the People’s Assembly, MPs from Port Said demanded that action be taken to stop the ongoing attack …


MPs slam PA fact-finding mission report on Port Said massacre

CAIRO: Members of parliament Monday slammed the preliminary report issued by the fact-finding committee probing the Feb. 1 Port Said football massacre that left 71 dead, describing it as "vague" and "insufficient." Hussein Ibrahim, head of the Freedom and Justice Party’s (FJP) parliamentary bloc, demanded that the Homeland Security chief in Port Said and General …


Real battle in Egypt is not on the streets

By Maria Golia CAIRO: On Feb. 3 I walked around my downtown Cairo neighborhood to see how the latest street battles were proceeding. They began again (for the third time in as many months) following a Feb. 1 riot in a Port Said sports stadium in which 74 people died. It seems fans flooded the pitch …


PA committee holds interior min responsible for deadly violence, calls for sacking him

yCAIRO: A People’s Assembly (PA) fact-finding committee recommended that Egypt’s interior minister be sacked after holding him responsible for the deadly violence against protesters near the ministry over the past few days. The committee also demanded that the ministry be reformed and restructured as well as relocate its headquarters. At least 13 were confirmed dead …


FIFA expert says Egypt riot stadium is safe venue

LAUSANNE, Switzerland: An international football stadium expert has praised the Egyptian venue where at least 74 people were killed in a riot Wednesday, and suggests the violence was planned. Walter Gagg tells The Associated Press that the Port Said stadium is "a good one" and "absolutely not" a danger for spectators. Gagg, a FIFA official …


Egypt’s Mufti, presidential hopefuls condemn Port Said violence

CAIRO: Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa issued a statement Wednesday calling for an immediate investigation into the Port Said “massacre.” “Any action that leads to bloodshed or sedition is religiously prohibited,” he said. Gomaa also noted that Egypt is undergoing “extraordinary circumstances and the wise must contain the situation.” On his Twitter account, Nobel Laureate Mohamed …


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