21 January 2013

Egypt: Officials Discuss Legality of Not Moving Port Said Defendants to Cairo

A security source from the interior ministry said on Monday that the ministry has discussed with the Justice Ministry the legality of not moving the accused in the "Port Said massacre" case to Cairo for the hearing of the verdict.

The hearing, that is scheduled for Saturday, January 26, will be aired through a video conference for the defendants to hear the verdict as soon as it is announced, and will also be aired on television.

The decision to not transfer the defendants to Cairo followed warnings by the ultra enthusiastic football fans group "Ultras" to take measures into their own hands if the verdict did not please them.

The source said in a statement on the Ministry's official Facebook page that the Justice Ministry referred the case to another court for jurisdiction.

Clashes at the Port Said football stadium led to the death of over 70 football fans last February during a match between Ahly and Masry Clubs.

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