A Thursday court ruling acquitting 14 people of charges of killing unarmed protesters in the canal city of Suez during the 2011 revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak has been greeted with anger on the part of victims' families.
"I can't believe the killers were acquitted so easily," Gamal al-Wardani, the father of a slain protester, told Anadolu Agency.
Those acquitted of charges included former Suez security chief Mohamed Abdel-Hadi and Suez riot police commander Alaa al-Din Abdullah, along with Ibrahim Farag – a businessman and former member of Mubarak's now-defunct National Democratic Party – and the latter's three sons.
Al-Wardani said one of the accused, who remains on the run, was acquitted without even having had to stand trial.
"Egypt's January 25  revolution is officially dead," he lamented.
The bereaved father expressed outrage that the killers of unarmed protesters in Suez – an epicenter of the 2011 revolution – would not be punished for their crimes.
"But I won't abandon my son's right [to vengeance]," he added grimly. "I'll take revenge on the killers myself."
The defendants had faced charges of killing peaceful protesters during an anti-Mubarak uprising in Suez in January 2011, in which at least 34 people were killed and hundreds injured.
Most of those charged with killing anti-regime protesters during Egypt's 2011 revolution have since been acquitted, prompting anger on the part of victims' families who have called for the defendants to be tried before "revolutionary" courts.
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