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Egyptian Government 'Regrets' Crackdown
April 11, 2011

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The relatively newly appointed Egyptian prime minister, Essam Sharaf, said the government felt "regret" for the violent crackdown that resulted in two deaths and several injuries, and he promised to launch an investigation into the chain of events that ended in the bloodshed.

Protesters continued to pack Cairo's Tahrir Square, in an attempt to convince the government that the constitutional change that was occurring was not transparent or speedy enough. Whether a similar dispersal attempt would be made by soldiers remained to be seen. Another large protest was planned for the coming weekend.

Meanwhile, the country's top public prosecutor ordered the detention of Safwat Sherif, until recently the head of the upper house of parliament, on accusations of illegal money acquisition. The prime minister also reiterated that former President Hosni Mubarak would be investigated on corruption charges, despite Mubarak's claim to the contrary.

The ruling military council announced the conviction of a blogger, the first of its kind in Egypt, on a charge of insulting the army. His sentence was three years in prison. The blog post in question examined the extent of the army's allegiance to Mubarak. Opposition groups have asserted that many civilians are being convicted and sentence in the same way, in stark contrast to the civilian trials being planned for government officials accused of corruption.



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