Only 6 Suez martyrs were former convicts, says security chief

The head of the Suez security directorate, Major General Adel Refaat, denied that the majority of those killed in the 25 January revolution in Suez were former convicts.

In a press conference on Saturday, Refaat said only six had criminal records. He said the rest had not committed any crimes, as proven by the criminal records submitted to the Suez criminal court.

On Wednesday the head of the court said the criminal records of the injured and dead proved that some were criminals convicted of drugs offenses and robbery.

Fourteen suspects, including 10 policemen, face charges of killing protesters in Suez during the revolution, which led to ouster of president Hosni Mubarak.

Around 18 protesters died and a further 300 were injured during confrontations with security personnel during the 18-day uprising.

The former chief of Suez security department, nine policemen, a businessman and his three sons are standing trial for shooting protesters in Suez.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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