Cabinet clashes trial adjourned to May 4, palace sit-in continues
Jailed Activist Ahmed Douma's Wife before the trial - YOUM7/Kareem Abdulkareem

CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court postponed on Tuesday the trial of 269 defendants in a case regarding December 2011 clashes outside of the Cabinet building to May 4, when the court will hear witness testimony, Youm7 reported.

Meanwhile, guards securing the Ithadeya presidential palace negotiated with activist Nourhan Hefzy to end a sit-in launched by women outside to demand a repeal of the protest law, Youm7 reported.

Hefzy is the wife of jailed activist Ahmed Doma, whose three-year imprisonment sentence, alongside April 6 Youth Movement’s Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel, was upheld on April 7 for “orchestrating illegal protests and assaulting police officers” in November 2013.

Hundreds of demonstrators have been arrested for violating the controversial law, which was adopted in November 2013.

The 269 defendants, including Maher and Doma, face a series of charges that date back to Dec. 16, 2011.

The charges include torching the Cabinet headquarters, the nearby Institute d’Egypte and other surrounding government buildings, the possession of pocket knives and Molotov cocktails, assaulting security personnel, raiding public and private property and disrupting traffic.

On Dec. 16, 2011, hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the vicinity of the Egyptian Cabinet and organized a sit-in protesting the reappointment of former President Hosni Mubarak era Prime Minister Kamal Ganzouri as Prime Minister by the then-ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

The security forces attempted to disperse the sit-in before deadly clashes that spanned four consecutive days, leaving at least 17 dead and hundreds injured.

Hefzy said last week that Doma, Maher, and Adel are launching a hunger strike.

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