Hegazy and Beltagy’s trial postponed to April 5
Mohamed el-Beltagy - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Cairo Criminal Court adjourned the trial of Muslim Brotherhood senior leaders Mohamed al-Beltagy and Safwat Hegazy to April 5 on Thursday , according to the state run Al-Ahram newspaper.

The judge summoned other prosecution witnesses and requested an official document from the Interior Ministry confirming the ‘route’ of the colonel Alaa Bashandi, a prosecution witness.

During the session, the prosecution’s witness lieutenant colonel Alaa Bashandi said that the investigation department of Nasr City police station had ‘sources’ that infiltrated into the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in to report the situation to the stakeholders, according to Youm7.

The sources confirmed that the makeshift hospital in Rabaa al-Adaweya was used either for torture or for treating the tortured people that are captured within the sit-in, said Bashandi.

Beltagy and Hegazy, along with two doctors from the makeshift hospital of the dispersed Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in, are being tried for kidnapping and torturing Mohamed Farouk and Hani Eid, two police officers during the sit-in.

On Aug. 29, Beltagy was arrested in the apartment of his fellow Muslim Brotherhood leader Khaled al-Azhari in Giza, while Hegazy was arrested a week before in the Mediterranean governorate of Matrouh.

The investigations carried out by the prosecution early September confirmed that the two policemen were allegedly captured in the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in while they were securing a march in support of the Muslim Brotherhood.  The defendants allegedly dragged the policemen into the Rabaa sit-in and physically attacked them.

On Dec. 7, Judge Hisham Saraya, Head of North Cairo Criminal Court, recused himself from the trial, citing distress. Saraya referred it to the Appeal Court to be assigned to a different district.

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