Metro Station Leading to Downtown Cairo ‘Indefinitely’ Closed

The Metro Authority announced on Sunday “indefinitely” closing one of the main stations leading to downtown Cairo upon the request of security authorities.

Ahmed Abdel Hady, Metro Authority Spokesman, told state-run news agency MENA that the trains of the metro’s Line 1 will not stop at the Gamal Abdel Nasser Station anymore. The gates to the station have also been sealed off, Abdel Hady added.

The Gamal Abdel Nasser Station is the closest to the High Court building, a regular destination of protests.

Nearly a thousand people rallied near downtown Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Saturday evening in protest over a court ruling dropping charges against the toppled President Hosni Mubarak over complicity in the killing of protesters during the January 2011 uprising.

Two protesters were killed and 13 others were injured in the clashes, according to the ministry of health.

Security forces maintained on Sunday the closure of Tahrir Square, to prevent protesters from assembling there. The square has been closed off since the verdict against Mubarak on Saturday.

The Sadat Metro Station, which leads to Tahrir Square, has been closed since August 2013 following the forcible dispersal of two sit-ins set up in support of Egypt’s ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

The Cairo Criminal Court dropped on Saturday the case against Mubarak over complicity in the killing of protesters during the uprising which toppled his regime.

The court also acquitted Mubarak’s Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and four of his aides on charges of inciting and aiding the killing of 238 protesters.

Mubarak and his interior minister were sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for the same charges before an appeals court ordered their retrial. The retrial began in April, 2013.

In May, a Cairo court sentenced Mubarak to three years in prison on embezzlement charges.

He is serving time in a military hospital in Cairo, where he returned upon Saturday’s ruling.

Source : Aswat Masriya