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Soccer riot: 11 sentenced to death

An Egyptian court has sentenced 11 football fans to death in the retrial of more than 70 defendants accused over a riot in 2012 that left 74 people dead.

Judge Mohammed el-Said said his final ruling for the 11 and the other defendants, including nine police officers, will come on May 30.

All death sentences in Egypt require the advisory opinion of the country's leading religious authority, the Grand Mufti.

A total of 21 fans were initially sentenced to death and seven police officers acquitted in 2013, setting off violent protests by fans in Cairo who torched a police club and the football federation's headquarters.

Earlier protests outside a prison in the city of Port Said, where the defendants were held, resulted in violent clashes with police that left 40 protesters dead.


From Belfast Telegraph