CAIRO: Interim President Adly Mansour has issued a presidential decision extending the deadline for the fact-finding committee investigating the events of June 30 to write its report, for three months, ending on September 21, Youm7 reported.
The decision came after a request sent by the independent committee to the president, who had ordered the forming of the committee last December.
Committee spokesperson Omar Marawan said in a press statement Wednesday that the committee sent investigators to Al Aqrab prison to meet with Al-Jazeera journalist Abdullah Elshamy, but he was in a session to renew his imprisonment. The committee will make another visit to him soon, Marawan added.
The journalist has been on a nearly four-month hunger strike in protest of his detention. He has been detained without a trial since Aug. 14, 2013, while covering the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in, where hundreds of Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi were killed.
Marawan said the committee also contacted one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s lawyers for a meeting about the incidents following June 30, but the lawyer did not attend.
He added that the committee will continue its visits to prisons before its final report.
Additional reporting by Nermeen Abdel Zaher, Nora Fakhry and Nour Zou El Fakar.