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Policeman killed in Egypt after soccer deaths court verdict

Published on Jan 26, 2013 5:12 PM
 
Egyptian protesters and fans of al-Masry football club take part in a demonstration in front of a prison in the Egyptian Suez Canal city of Port Said on Jan 25, 2013. A policeman was shot dead outside the prison on Saturday after protesters gathered at the site where many of the defendants in a fatal soccer disaster case were held, a security source reported. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (REUTERS) - A policeman was shot dead outside a prison in Egypt's Port Said on Saturday after protesters gathered at the site where many of the defendants in a fatal soccer disaster case were held, a security source reported.

State media had earlier reported gunshots outside the prison after a court ruled that 21 of the 73 defendants accused of involvement in the Port Said soccer disaster, in which 74 people were killed, were sentenced to death.

Soccer fans and families in Cairo had cheered the ruling.