CAIRO: Cairo Criminal Court decided Saturday to adjourn the trial of Muslim Brotherhood leaders Mohamed al-Beltagy and Safwat Hegazy to June 17 over accusations of torturing two police officers Mohamed Farouk and Hani Eid during the Rabaa al-Adaweya to discuss defendants’ request to change the judges.
Before the beginning of the trial session, Beltagy read out the reasons behind their request to change the judges, that the judges are adopting a previous opinion towards the defendants. He said the judges said their point of view in one of the sessions while reviewing the seized video and that the judges are looking for condemn the defendants.
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.
The defendants include Beltagy, Hegazy, Abdel Azeem Mohamed, and Mohamed Zanaty.
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.
Additional reporting by Ahmed Ismail.