4 February 2013

Egypt: Defendants in Maspiro Clashes Sentenced to Three Years

A Cairo court sentenced on Monday two defendants to three years in prison for stealing an Armed Forces machine gun during clashes that erupted between military police and Coptic protesters at Maspero in 2011.

The convicted defendants, Michael Adel Naguib Farag and Michael Mosaad Shaker, were among 29 arrested in connection with the clashes. The rest of the defendants were acquitted due to lack of evidence.

The clashes erupted during a march that took place in October of 2011, near the Maspero state TV building.

The protesters demanded the dismissal of the governor of Aswan where a church was attacked one week earlier and the dissolution of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

Military police violently dispersed the march. The clashes left at least 27 people dead and more than 200 wounded.

Two armored vehicles ran over protesters, but the Armed Forces accused the protesters of stealing the vehicles.

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