Egypt criminal court sentences 11 to death over soccer riots News
Egypt criminal court sentences 11 to death over soccer riots

[JURIST] An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced 11 individuals to death for their involvement in a 2012 soccer riot. The riots, which occurred in Port Said, killed more than 70 and injured about 1,000 others crushed by crowds attempting to leave the stadium when fans of Al-Masry violently stormed the stands and attacked Al-Ahly fans after Al-Masry won the soccer match. A total of 73 people have been accused [Sputnik report] of involvement in the riots. The court handed [NYT article] 40 of the defendants charged in the matter 15-year sentences, which may be appealed.

In January 2013 an Egyptian court sentenced [JURIST report] 21 people who were found guilty of involvement in the Port Said soccer stadium disaster to the death penalty. Protesters angry over the verdict later rioted, leading to the deaths of at least 30 people. Then-president Mohamed Morsi declared [JURIST report] a state of emergency later that week in an attempt to quell the protests. A Cairo court affirmed [JURIST report] the death sentences of the 21 individuals in March 2013, and the court handed down verdicts for the remaining 52 defendants also charged in the incident. It is widely believed that police were responsible for causing the riot, during which police reportedly retreated from the crowd and cut electricity to the stadium, leaving many fans to be crushed against locked doors in the darkness. The High Court ordered a retrial for the 21 death sentences a year later.