Retrial of 11 Port Said massacre defendants set for Saturday

Ismailia Appeals Court set a 7 September date for the retrial of 11 defendants who were formerly handed death sentences in absentia for their role in the Port Said massacre.

The Court of Cassation meanwhile announced a 5 December trial for retrying 73 defendants in the Port Said massacre case in which 74 people were killed from hardcore Ahly fans Ultras Ahlawy in February 2012.

Port Said Criminal Court had sentenced 21 people to death and five others to life, acquitting 28 others. The rest of the defendants received prison sentences that ranged from five to 15 years.

The bloody violence broke out after the end of a match between locals al-Masry and Ahly club in the football league. Seventy-four people were killed and 248 others injured.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm