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Egyptian court ruling in soccer riot deaths inflames protests

Supporters of the 'Al Ahly' soccer club celebrate after an Egyptian court confirmed verdicts in the Port Said soccer match riots, at the Al-Ahly football club in Cairo, March 9.
Supporters of the 'Al Ahly' soccer club celebrate after an Egyptian court confirmed verdicts in the Port Said soccer match riots, at the Al-Ahly football club in Cairo, March 9.Khaled Elfiqi / EPA

By Yousri Mohamed and Marwa Awad, Reuters

Egyptian protesters torched buildings in Cairo and tried unsuccessfully to disrupt international shipping on the Suez Canal, as a court ruling on a deadly soccer riot stoked rage in a country beset by worsening security.

The ruling enraged residents of Port Said, at the northern entrance of the Suez Canal, by confirming death sentences imposed on 21 local soccer fans for their role in the riot last year when more than 70 people were killed.

But the court also angered rival fans in Cairo by acquitting a further 28 defendants that they wanted punished, including seven members of the police force which is reviled across society for its brutality under deposed autocrat Hosni Mubarak.Full story