Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Ten sentenced to death over Egypt football riot

 Egypt's top court on Monday, February 20, 2017, sentenced 10 men to death for their role in Egypt’s worst violence at a football stadium, in which more than 70 fans were killed in February 2012.

Many of the dead were crushed when Al Ahly fans tried to flee the Port Said stadium after a post-match pitch invasion by supporters of the local side al-Masry. Others were stabbed or were thrown from terraces, witnesses said at the time.

The ruling by the Court of Cassation, which is final, excluded an 11th defendant who remains at large after his death penalty was also confirmed in June 2015 by another court.

The ruling was welcomed by relatives of those who died in the rioting, who celebrated outside the court in Cairo.

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