Five found innocent in Port Said massacre re-trial
The Port Said Criminal Court has announced the results of its retrial with five found innocent and two getting the same ruling of 10 years of max-security prison and a death trial.
Seventy two Al Ahly supporters tragically lost their lives in the incident, one of the darkest days in not just Egyptian football, but world football as a whole.
The previous re-trial back in June saw the upholding of 11 death sentences for supporters and officials involved in the clash.
The five defendants found innocent are Rami Malki, Mohamed Hany, Mohamed Said Mubarak, Ahmed Mohamed Ali and Adel Hassan Haha. The court also reconfirmed that Mahmoud Ali Saleh will be receiving 10 years in prison while Hassan El-Fekky’s execution verdict will be upheld.
A total of 73 accused in the massacre were sentenced, with 10 defendants receiving 15-year prison sentences, 15 defendants receiving 10-year prison sentences and a further 15 defendants receiving 5-year prison sentences. One other defendant also received a one-year prison sentence for his role in the violence.
The massacre was covered worldwide, with many fans and federations condemning the actions of fans and security forces during the game and in the aftermath. It will forever remain a dark day in the history of Egyptian football, and one that could see an extended search for justice for the families of fans who lost their lives.
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