Egypt sends 25 to court over camel charge at protest


The head of Egypt’s Judicial Investigation Commission referred 25 people including aides of ousted President Hosni Mubarak for trial yesterday for instigating a camel charge to break up mass protests in February.

Mubarak loyalists mounted on camels and horses charged through crowds of protesters on February 2, a decisive moment in the 18-day uprising against his rule.

Among those sent for trial were Fathi Sorour, former speaker in the lower house of parliament and Safwat Sherif, former head of parliament’s upper house.
“The (accused) are referred to criminal court on charges of inciting the killing of protesters in the camel event,” said Mohamed al-Sabrout, a lawyer handling the case.