Friday, July 8, 2011

Egypt takes action over protest attack, Mubarak allies charged Read more:

MORE than two dozen former officials and allies of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak have been charged with murder, attempted murder and terrorism. The allegations relate to one of the most memorable attacks on protesters during the 18-day revolution, in which assailants riding horses and camels charged into the crowds at Tahrir Square on February 2.

The charges were announced by the Judicial Investigation Commission, an independent office set up by the prosecutor, and came amid rising public anger over the slow pace with which officials and the police have been held accountable for the killings of more than 840 people during the revolution.

Some activists and analysts said the announcement was an effort to neutralise plans for a demonstration scheduled for last night, largely to press the interim military government for greater accountability.


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