Egypt jails 14 over deadly stadium stampede

Soccer fans hold lit flares at the stand as they watch a match between Egyptian Premier League clubs Zamalek and ENPPI at Air Defense Stadium in a suburb east of Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday, February 8, 2015. (File photo by AP)
Updated 24 September 2017

Egypt jails 14 over deadly stadium stampede

CAIRO: An Egyptian court jailed two people for life on Sunday and 12 to between two and 10 years over violence that led to a deadly football stadium stampede in Cairo.
At least 19 people died in the disaster after police fired tear gas at fans who tried to push their way into the stadium in February 2015.
The defendants faced charges including murder, thuggery and vandalism, and were accused of clashing with police, leading to the stampede.
Two received life sentences, three were given 10 years, five got seven years, three were jailed for three years each and one received a two-year sentence.
Two people were acquitted.
All of the accused were in court for the verdict which can still be appealed.
The fixture between Cairo teams Zamalek and ENPPI was one of the first premier league games open to the public since a ban on fans after more than 70 people died in stadium riots in Port Said in 2012.
The government reinstated the ban after the 2015 stadium deaths in the capital.
Egypt’s hard core football fans, known as Ultras, have often clashed with police, including in political unrest that toppled two presidents.
The prosecution accused the Muslim Brotherhood, designated a “terrorist group” in 2013, of financing Zamalek supporters called Ultras White Knights to “spread chaos and suspend (football) activity.”
The government cracked down on supporters of Islamist president Muhammad Mursi, who was ousted by the army in July, 2013.
Initially, the crackdown mainly targeted Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood, but later expanded to include other members of the opposition.


Iran breaks its record for most new coronavirus cases in one day

Updated 56 min 59 sec ago

Iran breaks its record for most new coronavirus cases in one day

  • Iran, which emerged early on as an epicenter of the virus, has seen its worst wave of deaths from the illness in recent weeks
TEHRAN: Iran on Tuesday reported its highest single-day toll of new coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic with more than 5,000 new infections, as the country struggles to cope with a surge in transmission.
Iran’s health ministry also reported that 322 people had died from the virus, pushing the death toll over 31,000. The new infection count on Tuesday eclipsed the previous high of 4,830 last week, shining a light on the nation’s floundering efforts to combat the virus.
Iran, which emerged early on as an epicenter of the virus, has seen its worst wave of deaths from the illness in recent weeks. Monday’s death toll shattered its previous single-day record, prompting state news outlets to declare it a “black day.”
Hospitals in the hard-hit capital of Tehran are overflowing. Last week, health officials announced that the city had run out of intensive care beds for virus patients.
The increase comes after Iranians packed cafes and restaurants at vacation spots during recent national holidays, and after schools reopened for in-person instruction last month.
The government has resisted a total lockdown because it does not want to further weaken an economy already devastated by unprecedented US sanctions. The Trump administration re-imposed economic sanctions on Iran after withdrawing in 2018 from Tehran’s nuclear accord with world powers.
With the death toll skyrocketing, authorities are now starting to impose more restrictions. The government closed museums, libraries, beauty salons, schools and universities in Tehran earlier this month, and imposed a mask mandate outdoors.