Barely a couple of months had passed since the death of the child Omar Salah by an Army recruit in the vicinity of the American Embassy in Cairo, a report by the Egyptian Coalition of Children’s Rights (ECCR) confirmed the existence of non-reassuring indicators in the course of the trial. In addition to preventing the ECCR’s solicitors from following the investigations progress, and obscuring the court hearing date (that they knew by coincidence), the court drafted its accusations to the army recruit based on a suspicious forensic report stating that the bullet that killed the martyr child was a non-lethal bullet and not a real one.
Also the Popular Campaign for Protection of Children (Manadeel Waraq) announced its uncertainty regarding military trial procedures. They demanded that ECCR's solicitors and the media be allowed to follow up the course of the trial, which its second hearing is being held on Sunday the 7th of April 2013.
Manadeel Waraq also confirms that the case of the child martyr Omar Salah is neither the first nor the last that government agencies collude to hide violations against children and minors. The campaign has recently spotted a systematic approach to deliberately hide martyrs bodies inside the morgue, whether they are children or adults. The latest incident being a body of a child aged 8-10 yrs old, killed during clashes in Kasr El Nil on the 9th of March 2013 (video link attached).
Manadeel Waraq reiterates its insistence on exposing the violations of various state institutions against children, and to continue to cooperate with all other human rights organisations to prosecute those responsible.