CAIRO: Cairo Criminal Court adjourned on Monday the trial of Muslim Brotherhood senior leaders Mohamed al-Beltagy and Safwat Hegazy to May 13 over accusations of torturing two police officers Mohamed Farouk and Hani Eid during the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in.
The judge prohibited journalists from attending the session. Former Cairo security directorate Major Generla Osama al-Sagheer was expected to give his testimony.
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 Farouk and Eid.
On Aug. 29, Beltagy was arrested in the apartment of his fellow Muslim Brotherhood leader Khaled al-Azhari in Giza and Hegazy was arrested a week prior 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, Head of North Cairo Criminal Court Judge Hisham Saraya recused himself from the trial, citing distress. Saraya referred it to the Appeal Court to be assigned to a different district.
Additional reporting by Ahmed Ismail and Amer Mostafa.