Clashes erupt outside Cairo court


Clashes have broken out between angry Egyptian protesters and security forces as a police convoy carried the country’s ex-interior minister out of a criminal court in Cairo.

Families of Egyptians killed and injured during the revolution stoned the police convoy carrying Habib al-Adly as he left court.

“We haven’t forgotten Liberation [Square]” and “blood for blood,” the protesters chanted.

“[Adly] is accused of killing hundreds of innocent protesters but the regime is dealing with him as if he is still in his post as a minster,” Egyptian daily Al-Masry al-Youm quoted one of protesters as saying.

Sources say eight soldiers were injured in the clashes and five police cars were damaged.

The army eventually intervened to end the fight.

Egyptians are furious over delays in Adly’s trial. His next hearing will be held on July 25.

They are demanding his execution for ordering the killing of protesters during the revolution.

Adly and six other former officials are accused of using heavy handed tactics against anti-Mubarak protesters during the popular revolution.

Adly has already been sentenced to 12 years in prison for money laundering and fraud.

Following Hosni Mubarak’s downfall, a military council took over in Egypt. Many Egyptians believe it is trying to derail the uprising.

Egyptian protesters say Mubarak and his associates must be tried for killing around 800 protesters during the country’s popular uprising which led to his ouster on February 11.

Activists also demand the release of political prisoners and the disbandment of the military court.

Egyptians are still skeptical about a rapid transition towards democracy and civilian rule and maintain that demonstrations will continue until all their demands are met.

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