Sunday mass trials adjourned
Mohamed el-Beltagy - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court Tuesday adjourned the trial of Muslim Brotherhood leaders Mohamed el-Beltagy and Safwat Hegazy to Aug. 11 to hear testimonies and view video evidence, Youm7 reported.

The two are accused of torturing two police officers—Mohamed Farouk and Hani Eid—during the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in in August 2013.

Beltagy and Hegazy, along with two doctors from the field hospital at 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.

Also Sunday, the court decided to adjourn a separate Beltagy and Hegazy trial over their alleged torture of a lawyer during the January 25 Revolution in Tahrir Square to Sep. 13, according to youm7.

Beltagy and Hegazy, along with Mahmoud al-Khodery, former Minister of Youth Osama Yassin and other MB leaders are accused of detaining a citizen and torturing him during the January 25 Revolution. The MB leaders were arrested on charges of detaining the lawyer, torturing and sexually assaulting him and exposing him to electric shocks at a tourist company headquarters.

The Cairo Criminal Court also postponed the first trial of 30 defendants arrested on charges related to the Mohamed Mahmoud memorial event to Sep. 14 to hear prosecution witnesses.

Nov. 19, 2013 marked the second anniversary of the Mohamed Mahmoud clashes in 2011. Demonstrators commemorated the memory of the protesters who were killed or injured by security forces in Tahrir Square. Defendants in the case are charged with the murder and assault of demonstrators.

The court ordered the media not to bring any laptops or mobile phones to Sunday’s session.

Additionally reporting by Ahmed Ismail.

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