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Military probing 12 key activists, media figures

Source : AP
Last Updated: Thu, Mar 08, 2012 15:30 hrs

Egypt's official news agency says the nation's chief military prosecutor is investigating allegations against 12 top activists, media personalities, lawmakers and a best-selling novelist.

The agency said the allegations, which include inciting hatred against the military, were filed by more than 700 members of the public.

In a Thursday report, it quoted chief military prosecutor Maj. Gen. Adel al-Mursi as saying the allegations were being looked into by his office.

The 12 include novelist Alaa al-Aswany, popular TV talk show hosts Youssri Foudah and Reem Maged, former Google executive and activist Wael Ghoneim and a lawmaker who publicly described military leader Hussein Tantawi as a donkey.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has overturned a death sentence against the only police officer convicted of killing protesters during 18-day uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak to step down last year.

The Cairo Criminal Court on Wednesday acquitted policeman Mohammed Abdel-Moneim, who was sentenced to death for shooting 20 protesters on Jan. 28 last year in front of a Cairo police station.

The court did not give reasons for its ruling.

Jan. 28, called the Friday of Rage, witnessed a heavy police crackdown on tens of thousands of protesters.

Abdel-Moneim was the only police officer who was tried for killing protesters in more than a dozen of court cases over the deaths of at least 846 people.

Protesters have called for police who killed unarmed protesters to be brought to justice.




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