Suez’s criminal court on Monday decided to release the police officers accused of killing protesters during the January 25 Revolution on LE10,000 bail.
In what is becoming a recurrent scene, the families of the martyrs, angry at the court’s decision, attempted to break into the courthouse shortly after the verdict was returned. They clashed with security personnel in the process.
The police officers, some high-ranking, were indicted on charges of deliberate manslaughter, having fired live rounds at peaceful demonstrators during the 18-day uprising.
The trial is set to resume on 14 September.
Over 1000 were killed during those 18 days which ended on 11 February with the ouster of president Hosni Mubarak .