Difficult to combine Morsi and Mubarak’s cases: Judges
Hosni Mubarak during his trial - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: It would be difficult and illegal for Cairo Criminal Court join to combine the cases of former Presidents Mohamed Morsi and Hosni Mubarak, a number of judges said because for the defendants, charges, and those who filed the cases are different.

Defense lawyer of former Cairo Security Director Ismail El-Shaer, Essam Batawy requested Monday to combine Morsi’s cases of espionage and Wadi Natroun Prison with the trial of Mubarak, his two sons Gamal and Alaa, former Minister of Interior Habib al-Adly, and six of his aides over charges of killing protesters, being involved in financial corruption, and misusing presidential power for personal gains, Al-Masreyoon website reported.

Head of Alexandria judges club Abdel Aziz Abu Ayan said Monday that Battawy’s request aims to stall Mubarak’s trial. “If I was a decision maker or the head of the court, I will not respond to his request because it seeks to stall the trial sessions,” Abu Ayan said.

He also told Youm7 that the judges are the only ones who have the right to decide whether to combine the cases or not.

If the court sees that it will benefit to combine the cases, it will respond to the demand and but otherwise would be rejected, head of Menoufia Judges Club Abdel Sattar Imam told Youm7 Monday.

Head of prosecution at the Appeal Court Toka al-Deen Zeyad said that Batawy’s request is illegal since the defendants and charges are different and does not expect the judges to accept the request to combine.

Battawy requested Monday to join the three cases together since they are all linked. He claims the police forces did not kill protesters during the January 25 Revolution in 2011 but they were trying to protect them and secure the protests.

He said those who killed the protesters are the “third party” who appeared later and took over positions to frame the police.

Additional reporting by Mohamed Abdel Razeek and Ahmed Ismail.

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