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Egypt upholds death sentences following football riots

Building of the Egyptian High Court of Justice [Bastique/Wikipedia]
Building of the Egyptian High Court of Justice [Bastique/Wikipedia]

An Egyptian court today upheld the death sentence handed to 10 men for their part in the football riots which killed more than 70 people in February 2012.

The Court of Cassation upheld the earlier sentences handed down to the men in June 2015. The ruling excludes an eleventh defendant who was tried in absentia.

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Ten others were sentenced to 15 years in jail, 14 defendants received 10 year terms and 15 were jailed for five years. The former Egyptian police chief at Port Said was amongst those jailed for five years.

Riots which erupted at the Port Said football club are thought to be linked to political unrest in the country at the time.

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