Egypt refers 25 ex-regime figures to court over camel attack

10:55, July 08, 2011      

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Egyptian Ministry of Justice on Thursday referred 25 accused officials to the criminal court, including close associates of former President Hosni Mubarak, for attacking protestors during the demonstrations in February known as the "Camel Battle."

According to state MENA news agency, Mahmoud el-Sabrout, chief of the investigations authority of the Justice Ministry, has referred to trial 25 members of the disbanded National Democratic Party (NDP) accused of inciting attacks on demonstrators using horses and camels in central Cairo's Tahrir Square on Feb. 2.

Former People's Assembly speaker Ahmed Fathy Serour and Safwat el-Sherief, former Shura Council speaker and secretary-general of NDP were among the list of accused persons.

Thugs on camels and horses charged through crowds of protesters and attacked them with swords and Molotov cocktails.

Investigations revealed involvement of prominent figures of the former regime in using violence to kill the peaceful civilians in the 18-day nationwide protests.

This decision came before a "million-man demonstration" called upon by many political groups scheduled on Friday in Tahrir Square, the epic center for protests that toppled Mubarak, to protest against the slow pace of suing the officials of the former regime and completing the revolution's objectives and demands.

Source: Xinhua
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