CAIRO: Cairo Criminal Court held the second trial session on Saturday in the case publicly known as the “second Rafah massacre,” in which 35 suspects are facing charges, including Al-Qaeda linked Adel Habara.
Investigations by State and National Security apparatus had revealed that Habara was in charge of the operation which killed 25 Egyptian soldiers in Rafah on August 19, when armed groups targeted their buses with RPJ missiles.
The court postponed the case to March 17 upon claims by two of the suspects that they have been tortured during their detention. They were referred to the Forensic Medicine Authority to be investigated.
State Security investigations also said that Habara was previously charged in a terrorist attack in Taba in 2005, and was then given a pardon. He was also sentenced to ten years in prison for being involved in attacks targeting police and military officers.
Habara, whose full name is Mohamed Adel Ibrahim, was arrested a short while following the Rafah massacre, and was found in possession of hand grenades. When security forces attempted to arrest him near a shop in Arish city, he tried to blow himself up, but the situation was contained and he was safely transported to Cairo, under strict military surveillance.
Originally published in Youm7.