Court overturns death sentence of six in Kerdasa case

Monday 12-10-2015 03:55 PM
Court overturns death sentence of six in Kerdasa case

A view shows a damaged police station burnt in a blaze by supporters of former president Mohamed Mursi in Kerdasa, a town 14 km (9 miles) from Cairo in this September 19, 2013 file photograph. An Egyptian judge sentenced 185 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death on December 2, 2014 over an attack on a police station near Cairo last year in which 12 policemen were killed. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany


CAIRO, Oct 12 (Aswat Masriya)- Egypt’s Court of Cassation overturned Monday the death sentence handed down to six defendants prosecuted in the case on the storming of the Kerdasa police station.

The court also ordered a retrial in a different court circuit.

Last February, a Giza court handed down death sentences to 149 defendants and 34 others in absentia. 

In mid-August 2013, Kerdasa police station was attacked in the aftermath of the violent dispersal of Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Square sit-ins, in support of then president Mohamed Mursi who was removed by the military in July.

The prosecution charged the defendants with participating in the attack and killing 11 police officers and two civilians.

They were also charged with the attempted murder of 10 other policemen, damaging the police station’s building, setting ablaze cars and armoured vehicles belonging to the police and possession of ammunition. 

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