Egypt accuses Muslim Brotherhood for stadium killings

Charges filed for 22 deaths in violence last month

17 March, 19:07

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, MARCH 17 - The Egypt public prosecutor's office charged the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood organization with involvement in the violence that occurred last month at a stadium in the Egyptian capital in which 22 people died. Charges were filed against 16 fans including 12 from the Muslim Brotherhood who allegedly ''provided funds and explosive material'' to ''demolish the state's foundations'', according to a statement issued by the prosecutor's office. The aim was allegedly to get the football championship suspended again and cause the economic conference held last week in Sharm El Sheikh to fail - a conference in which Egypt raked in tens of billions of dollars in investment. The February 8 clashes between 'White Knights' fans and the police sparked a clash that ended in the death of 22 fans (some reports say 19, but the official figure from the prosecutor's office is 22). The Egyptian championship was suspended indefinitely after the deaths and at the end of month a committee was announced that was tasked with organizing a resumption. The incidents that had preceded the premier league match between the Zamalek and Enppi teams happened only a week after the period of closed-door matches - imposed after an even more serious football massacre in Port Said in which 74 were killed in February 2012 - had ended. The killings were allegedly linked to mostly political reasons, as the attackers were mostly supporters of former president Hosni Mubarak (who had been ousted a year before) and the Ahlawy Ultras killed were famous for their revolutionary slogans. (ANSAmed).

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