Revolutionary Protesters Pardoned in Egypt
A Cairo court dismissed cases against 378 individuals convicted of involvement in clashes with police during protests in November 2011. The defendants were accused of attacking security forces and illegally bearing firearms and bladed weapons. The dismissal stemmed from the implementation of President Morsi’s October 2012 amnesty order, which covers everyone detained during the protests from January 25, 2011, to June 30, 2011. Judge Mohamed Fawzi, leader of the committee implementing the pardon, stated that the decree could benefit 3,000 protesters.
Police forces used tear gas to disperse protesters throwing stones outside the trial of Mohammed Ibrahim, the former security director of Alexandria, and five other police officers accused of killing protesters during the revolution. The demonstrators included activists and family members of those killed in Alexandria in 2011. They expressed frustration that there is not sufficient accountability for violence toward protesters active during the revolution.