Egyptian duo handed life sentence for stampede

Egyptian duo handed life sentence for stampede

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 27, 2017. 09:30

Two people have been imprisoned for life in Egypt over violence that led to a deadly stampede in 2015.

The Egyptian court jailed the two on Sunday after being found guilty for violence that led to a deadly football stadium stampede in Cairo in February 2015.

The BBC website reports that at least 19 people died in the disaster after police fired tear gas at fans as they tried to push their way into Cairo's Air Defence Stadium.

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Twelve others have been sentenced to between two and 10 years for their part in the tragedy, while two others were acquitted.

The stampede took place during a match between Zamalek and Enppi. The game was one of the first top-flight matches that fans were allowed to attend.

The decision came after a ban on supporters after more than 70 people died in stadium riots in Port Said in 2012.

The defendants faced charges including murder, thuggery and vandalism, and were accused of clashing with police, leading to the stampede.




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