CAIRO: A number of public concern trials took place Sunday, most cases were adjourned.
Cairo Criminal Court adjourned the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak, his two sons Gamal and Alaa, former Minister of Interior Habib al-Adly and six of his aides to August 2, Youm7 reported.
Mubarak did not attend today’s session. The court was notified that Mubarak would not able to attend the hearing due to poor health conditions, according to a security source that spoke to Youm7.
The defense lawyer of the former interior minister assistant, Ismail al Shaer, accused the 6 April youth movement of assaulting police on Jan 25.
In the last session, the prosecutor presented a copy of one of the victims’ forensic report who was killed during the January 25 Revolution. The court was provided with technical equipment and viewed the footage documenting storming prisons during the protests, as lawyer Ali al-Gamal of the Minister of Interior’s assistant’s defense requested from the court.
The defendants first appeared in court in August 2011 and were sentenced to life in prison in January 2012. Defense lawyers appealed the sentence and in January 2013 the Court of Cassation accepted the appeal and ordered the case back to the Cairo Criminal Court for a retrial that began in May 2013.
Mubarak was convicted and received a life sentence in June 2012 on charges of killing protesters, but the verdict was thrown out for procedural reasons.
Also, the Mubaraks and business tycoon Hussein Salem face charges of being involved in financial corruption, misusing presidential power for personal gains, and exporting natural gas to Israel at below market prices.
The Cairo Criminal Court on Sunday adjourned the trial of Muslim Brotherhood leaders Mohamed al-Beltagy and Safwat Hegazy over accusations of torturing two police officers in the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in July 12, Youm7 reported.
Beltagy and Hegazy, along with two doctors from the makeshift hospital of the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in, are being tried for kidnapping, forcibly detaining, and torturing two policemen Mohamed Farouk and Hani Eid.
In the last session, Beltagy’s lawyer Mohamed el-Damaty said that the defense team faces “obstacles” during the trial and called on the court to allow representatives of media outlets and the families of the defendants to be present during the session.
Beltagy was arrested in the apartment of his fellow Muslim Brotherhood leader Khaled al-Azhari in Giza, two weeks after the dispersal of Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in on 14 August 2013. Hegazy was arrested a week prior in the Mediterranean governorate of Matrouh.
Beltagy, former president Mohamed Morsi, and 13 other Muslim Brotherhood leaders were standing trial on charges of inciting the killing of protesters outside Ithadeya presidential palace in Dec. 2012.
On 19 April, Beltagy was sentenced to one year in prison for insulting the judiciary system during the hearing session of the Ithadeya presidential palace case. Beltagy accused the prosecution of colluding against Muslim Brotherhood leaders.
The South Cairo Criminal Court adjourned Sunday the trial of three suspects accused of sexual harassment in Tahrir Square during Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s inaugural celebrations to 8 and 16 July, Youm7 reported.
The trial includes five cases, three of them were adjourned to 8 July and the other two were adjourned to 16 July.
The case is one of five involving harassment in Tahrir, with a total of 12 defendants.
Judge Mohamed al-Fekki adjourned the trial based on a request by the defense team to discuss the results of the forensic examination of a victim, Ikram Mohamed.