CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court Tuesday adjourned the trial of Muslim Brotherhood leaders Mohamed al-Beltagy and Safwat Hegazy to Wednesday over charges of torturing police officers at the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in in order to hear testimonies and view video evidence, Youm7 reported.
The court decided at the beginning of Tuesday’s session to transfer Beltagy to the Tora Prison hospital after the court received a report from the medical department of the Prisons Authority stating that Beltagy has a hernia and needs surgery.
In the trial’s Monday session, Beltagy’s lawyer demanded the court allow his client to be transferred to Manial Hospital for an operation scheduled for Tuesday at Beltagy’s expense.
The medical report ordered the necessary equipment to be provided to the hospital, and advised Beltagy to wear a cervical collar until the surgery.
The court Tuesday continuing watching video evidence, but a hard drive containing the video had technical problems, and a judge ordered the technician to try and resolve the problem.
In another case, a Cairo Criminal Court judge stepped down from the trial of 494 defendants charged in the Fath Mosque clashes between police and Muslim Brotherhood supporters in August 2013, which resulted in the deaths of 210 people. The judge stepped down citing “unease” according to youm7.
Three-hundred and ninety defendants attended the trial session with more than 100 lawyers, in addition to a delegation from the EU. Journalists were prevented from attending the court session with laptops, and family members of the defendants were prevented from entering altogether.
Attorney General Hisham Barakat previously referred all 494 defendants in the case to criminal court on accusations of rioting, murder, attacking security and police, possession of unlicensed weapons and bombs, blocking roads and burning public property. With the judge’s departure, the case will now be given to an appeals court before a new judge is chosen.