Zawahry, Habbara trials resume
Adel Habara - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Cairo Criminal Court adjourned Monday the trial of Adel Habara and 34 other suspects to a session on Aug.25, in the case publicly known as the “second Rafah massacre” which resulted in the killing of 25 Central Security soldiers, Youm7 reported.

The court is to hear the testimonies of eye-witnesses. The defendants are accused of forming a terrorist cell linked to Al-Qaeda, according to what investigations revealed about the suspects.

Investigations had revealed that Mahmoud Maghawry, who goes by the name “Abu Suleiman Al-Masry” is one of the main suspects, after being accused of founding an organization which uses extreme and violent methods against military and police forces, in addition to attacking Christians.

Habara had later joined the organization founded in Sharqia. He was arrested last September and has been on trial since. In June, the defendant attempted an escape while being transferred from court to prison.

The accused have allegedly conducted several operations targeting security forces, including an infamous incident in Rafah in August 2013, when they stopped a bus carrying 25 Central Security forces on their way home and executed them by shooting them one after the other.

In similar court news, Cairo Criminal Court also held the trial session of al-Qaeda member Mohamed Rabee al-Zawahry and 67 others accused of forming a terrorist cell, as investigations revealed that the organization was acting through separate sub-groups to distract security forces, in addition to providing joining members military training.

The trial was adjourned to Aug. 26.

Additional reporting by Mohamed Abdul Razek and Ahmed Ismail.

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