Court sets December date for Port Said massacre retrials

Egypt’s Court of Cassation has said suspects involved in the Port Said football massacre will be retried in December.

Seventy-three suspects will be tried on 5 December for involvement in the February 2012 massacre, when 74 people from the Ultras Ahlawy were killed after a football game between Ahly and Masry.

Port Said Criminal Court previously sentenced 21 suspects to death and five others to life imprisonment. It also cleared 28 others and gave sentences to the remaining suspects, with jail terms ranging from five to 15 years.

Scores of Ahly team fans were killed and hundreds more injured on 1 February 2012 when Port Said’s Masry supporters stormed the pitch after a rare victory over Ahly.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm