CAIRO: Cairo Criminal Court in Tora began Tuesday the trial of Adel Habara and 34 other suspects in the case publicly known as “Rafah second massacre”.
The suspects are accused of murdering 25 central security soldiers and contacting Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Youm7 reported.
The court will continue listening to witness testimony while journalists are banned from entering the court.
The general prosecution has accused the suspects of committing terrorist crimes in North and South Sinai and Cairo. The prosecution also accused the suspects of committing the second Rafah massacre, which left 25 central security soldiers dead.
Habara, arrested on Sept. 1, is suspected of leading an Al-Qaeda-linked group. He reportedly admitted to his involvement in the killing of soldiers. Habara has already been given the death sentence – in absentia – for killing soldiers in the Nile Delta last year, according to AP.
On Aug. 19, 27 conscripts were forced out of micro-buses along the Rafah-Arish Road and were later found dead on the side of the road. Only two survived the attack, sustaining severe injuries, the German news agency DPA reported.
Additional reporting by Ahmed Ismail.