Acquittal of Police in Egypt Raises Concern for Transitional Justice
September 7, 2012
The decision of a Cairo court on September 7 to acquit four senior policemen accused of killing civilians during the revolution last year raises serious concerns about the path of transitional justice in Egypt. Since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, most courts have acquitted security officers charged in cases related to protestors’ deaths, including generals accused in the same case as Mubarak, who received a life sentence for failing to prevent the killing. With the exception of the former interior minister, none of the top ranking officials have been found guilty. The absence of accountability for these crimes comes at a time when thousands of civilians are still held under military detention for participating in protests over the past 18 months.