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Egypt police, protesters clash over uprising court case

Published on Jan 21, 2013 6:37 AM
 
Egyptians gather during clashes with the police in the coastal city of Alexandria on Jan 20, 2013. Police and protesters clashed in the port city of Alexandria on Sunday after a judge investigating the killing of protesters in Egypt's 2011 uprising said he was transferring the case to another court, a court source and a Reuters witness said. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (REUTERS) - Police and protesters clashed in the port city of Alexandria on Sunday after a judge investigating the killing of protesters in Egypt's 2011 uprising said he was transferring the case to another court, a court source and a Reuters witness said.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs wanted the court to consider the report of a fact-finding committee investigating the case against six police officers accused of killing unarmed protesters during the 18-day uprising before proceeding with the defendants' hearings.

Tensions are rising ahead of the second anniversary of the 2011 uprising due on Jan 25, the date of the first day of the demonstrations, which is expected to trigger protests against new President Mohamed Mursi and his Islamist allies.

After a heated argument with the lawyers, the Alexandria Criminal Court judge adjourned the session and said he was transferring the case to the city's appeals court.

 
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