July 24, 2014

Egypt hangs 21 people over deadly soccer riot

By Mirwais Adeel - Sat Jan 26, 2:05 pm

Egypt death pentaltyAn Egyptian court has handed down death sentences for 21 people accused of taking part in soccer violence in Feb. 2011 that killed 74.

The death sentences still await approval by Egypt’s Grand Mufti, Al Jazeera reports, and the other defendants will not get their verdicts until March.

The verdict comes after a day of clashes between security forces and protesters opposed to Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi that left seven dead.

The judge said in his statement read live on state TV that he would announce the verdict for the remaining 52 defendants on March 9.

Among those on trial are nine security officials. The soccer melee on Feb. 1, 2011 between Port Said’s Al-Masry fans and Cairo’s Al-Ahly fans was the world’s deadliest soccer violence in 15 years.

Families of the victims shouted “Allahu Akbar!,” or God is great, after the judge read out his verdict. One man fainted, while others wailed and cried in disbelief as they carried pictures of the young men killed in the soccer riot.

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