An Egyptian court jails two people for life over deadly stadium stampede


An Egyptian court jailed two people for life on
Sunday and 12 to between two and 10 years
over violence that led to a deadly football
stadium stampede in Cairo.

At least 19 people died in the disaster after
police fired tear gas at fans who tried to push
their way into the stadium in February 2015.
The defendants faced charges including murder,
thuggery and vandalism , and were accused of
clashing with police , leading to the stampede .
Two received life sentences, three were given
10 years, five got seven years, three were jailed
for three years each and one received a two-
year sentence .

All of the accused were in court for the verdict
which can still be appealed.
The fixture between Cairo teams Zamalek and
ENPPI was one of the first premier league
games open to the public since a ban on fans
after more than 70 people died in stadium riots
in Port Said in 2012.

The government reinstated the ban after the
2015 stadium deaths in the capital .
Egypt’s hard core football fans, known as
Ultras, have often clashed with police , including
in political unrest that toppled two presidents .
The prosecution accused the Islamist Muslim
Brotherhood, designated a “terrorist group” in
2013, of financing Zamalek supporters called
Ultras White Knights to “ spread chaos and
suspend (football ) activity ”.

The government cracked down on supporters
of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who was
ousted by the army in July , 2013 .
Initially, the crackdown mainly targeted
Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, but later
expanded to include other members of the
opposition. 

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