CAIRO: Cairo Criminal Court adjourned on Sunday the trial of 17 Muslim Brotherhood leaders, charged with killing and inciting violence against protestors in front of the Brotherhood’s office in Moqattam during the June 30 events, to March 29.
The court adjourned the trial following a request by the defense team to examine the medical reports of the victims, unseal exhibits of the case, and equip the courtroom with audio-visual devices to watch CDs relevant to the case.
The defendants are still being held in custody.
Sunday was the second session of the trial and testimonies of eyewitness were scheduled to be heard.
The presiding judge prevented media from attending the hearing, Youm7 reported.
The defendants include former Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, his deputy Khairat el-Shater, and another 15 Brotherhood leaders.
Dozens of the victims’ families assembled outside the court, raising photos of the victims, and demanding the execution of the defendants.
Clashes erupted with security forces after the families were denied from entering the courtroom per court instructions to not to allow the families of the defendants or victims to enter the courtroom, Youm7 reported.
The defendants face charges of attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms and live ammunition, and joining an armed group that incited violence against protesters on June 30 outside the Mokkatam office. The confrontations had left nine deaths and 91 injuries.
Additional reporting by Nermeen el-Saman.