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Egypt detains 4 soccer fans over riot charges

IANS  |  Cairo 

The Egyptian prosecution ordered on Sunday a 15-day detention of four fans charged with inciting riots during a recent match in the capital Cairo, said.

The four defendants from "Ultras Ahlawy", a group of supporters of Egypt's number one team, have also been accused of inciting violence and vandalism during Al-Ahly's match with Gabon's Monana in the African earlier in March, reported.

Some of fanatic fans reportedly launched fireworks, broke some of the stadium's seats and chanted anti-police statements during the match.

matches have been played without fans in Egyptian stadiums since tragic riots following a local match in costal city killed 72 of fans in February 2012.

Only some matches including foreign teams are allowed with a limited number of spectators in Egypt's stadiums.

In January, the prosecution also detained five of Ultras Ahlawy pending investigation over having a page that urges protests to mark deadly clashes.

In June 2017, an sentenced eight of fans to two years in prison over charges of inciting riots and holding illegal protests to mark deadly clashes.

Earlier in February last year, Egypt's top declined an appeal and confirmed death sentences for 10 defendants over murder-related charges in the 2012 riot tragedy.

In the same case, another 10 defendants were sentenced to 15 years in prison, 10 to 15 years, 15 to five years and one to one year, while 21 defendants were acquitted.



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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 00:18 IST