Egyptian policemen stand outside court in the working class Imbaba neighbourhood of Cairo on January 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI
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An Egyptian court acquitted six police on Saturday of killing protesters during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak, as his now deposed Islamist successor Mohammad Morsi went back on trial.The acquittal of the six officers on charges of killing 83 protesters outside police stations in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, came as a Cairo court resumed the trial of Morsi on charges of plotting violence during the revolt. Nearly 850 people died during the 18-day uprising that toppled Mubarak, most of them on January 28, 2011, when protesters battled the then-despised police.Earlier this month, another court overturned the conviction of a policeman sentenced to five years on charges of killing 18 protesters.The retrial of Mubarak, and seven police commanders, on charges of involvement in the killings of protesters is still continuing.
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