Egypt sentences 11 to death over stadium attack

Eleven people sentenced to death over deadly Port Said stadium attack which killed 74 young football fans in 2012

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Cairo’s high court has sentenced 11 men to death for involvement in the deadly Port Said stadium attack of 2012, a televised court session has revealed.

The match at the time of the attack was between Al Ahly Football Club and the Port Said national team Al Masry. The attack on the stadium killed 74 young football fans between the ages of 15 and 25, mostly of the football team Al Ahly FC, also known as Ultras Ahly.

The attack was during the rule of the Supreme council of the Armed forces, when Egypt remained under military rule for over year during the transition period until the elections which brought now-deposed president Mohamed Morsi to power.

The initial court ruling was made last April when the judge referred the sentencing of the 11 convicts to Egypt's Grand Mufti, the country's most senior religious authority.

One of the 11 men convicted for the attack was sentenced in absentia.

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