Giza prosecution adjourns trial of 23 Kerdasa suspects
YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Giza Criminal Prosecution adjourned the trial of 23 men accused of terrorist attacks in Giza’s Kerdasa to April 7, per the request of the defendants’ lawyers, Youm7 reported Saturday.

The 23 are charged with the premeditated murder of Giza Police Chief of Securities Nabil Farag, forming terrorist groups to kill armed forces and policemen, and possessing weapons, bullets, and bombs.

Farag was fatally shot Sep. 19, 2013 shortly after security forces and Kerdasa’s armed militants exchanged gunfire during a security crack down on militants after violence had escalated in the area following the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

The second trial session was held at the junior officers’ academy in Tora Saturday morning, Masrawy news gate reported. Consultant Moataz Khafagy, along with advisers Sameh Daaoud and Mohamed Ammar, headed the session.

During the hearing, the prosecution heard the lawyers’ requests for a meeting with defendants and obtaining official information from the prosecution about Kerdasa’s police station after the January 25 Revolution, Youm7 reported. The prosecution also summoned two eyewitnesses, Captain Zakaria Othman and officer Mahmoud Shawky, who had accompanied Farag before he died, to hear their testimonies.

 Additional reporting by Ahmed Ismail.

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