CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court postponed Saturday the trial of Hazem Salah Abu Ismail to April 12 over charges of fabricating official documents pertaining to his mother’s nationality during his presidential campaign in 2012, according to Youm7.
Cairo Criminal Court postponed Abu Ismail’s trial to review the testimony of the prosecution witnesses and to review case documents.
During Saturday’s session, the judges removed the defendant for contempt of court, after he refused to allow his appointed lawyer to defend him.
Abu Ismail is accused of submitting counterfeit papers as evidence of his mother’s citizenship so that he could run for president in 2012. According to Egyptian law, any presidential candidate and both of his/her parents must not hold any other nationalities.
The prosecution said that 52 year-old Abu Ismail committed forgery by submitting the papers in March 2012, and concealed to the Supreme Electoral Commission in 2012 that his mother held American citizenship.
Additionally reporting by Amer Mustafa