CAIRO: A number of trials resumed Sunday in Cairo, including those involving former officials, detained protesters and university students.
The Cairo Criminal Court set Dec. 29 as the date it will announce the final verdict in the “License Plate” case involving former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and former Finance Minister Youssef Boutros Ghaly, Youm7 reported.
The defendants are being retried following a decision by a court of cassation. Adly was previously sentenced to five years in prison, Nazif to one year suspended imprisonment and Ghaly to 10 years in absentia. They were found guilty of squandering 92 million EGP ($12.8 million) in public funds.
Meanwhile, 112 alleged Muslim Brotherhood supporters were acquitted Sunday, after an appeal of their original verdict was accepted by Mosky Misdemeanors Court, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported. The defendants were arrested in January during protests commemorating the third anniversary of the January 25 Revolution.
In June, the defendants, half of whom were released pending trial, were sentenced by the court to a year in prison after being charged with violating the 2013 Protest Law, incitement and engagement in violence, damaging public institutions and assaulting police officers.
Also, the Wayly Misdemeanors Court Sunday sentenced 12 Ain Shams University students to four years in prison and a fine of 100,000 EGP each for protests that erupted last March. The defendants were charged with protesting without authorization and engaging in violent acts, as well as being MB, Youm7 reported.
In the meantime, the Alexandria Misdemeanors Court adjourned to Oct. 12 an appeal by four defendants in the same case as recently released lawyer Mahienour el-Massry, the Free Mahienour campaign posted on Facebook.
Unlike Massry, the appeal on the verdict for the four other defendants was rejected by the court, as they are currently serving a sentence of two years in prison and a fine of 50,000 EGP each on charges of violating the 2013 Protest Law when they demonstrated in front of the court on Dec. 2, 2013.
Additional reporting by Mona Anany.