Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Prosecution imposes gag order on Mexican tourists killing investigation

Ahram Online 

The gag order applies to audio, video, print and online media

Wednesday 16 Sep 2015

Dar Al-Fouad

Egypt's prosecution has imposed a gagging order on the investigation into the mistaken killing on Sunday of Mexican tourists on a safari trip in Egypt, Aswat Masriya reported on Wednesday afternoon.

Zakaria Osman, the assistant prosecutor-general, told reporters the gag order applies to audio, video, and print media, as well as internet sites.

The prosecution's statements and updates about the case will be excluded from the order, he added.

Eight Mexicans were killed according to Mexican officials among 12 people who lost their lives  and 10 who were wounded on Sunday after security forces fired on the group of tourists mistakenly.

The interior ministry has stated that the forces had been chasing militants in the Western Desert.
Egypt's prosecution has regularly issued gag orders on politically sensitive investigations such as the inquest into the murder of former prosecutor-general Hisham Barakat and investigations concerning the militant outlawed Islamist group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis.

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