Doma trial adjourned to Oct 18
Activist Ahmed Doma during his trial - YOUM7/Ahmed Marrouf

CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court adjourned Saturday the trial of activist Ahmed Doma to Oct. 18, on charges of protests outside Cabinet in 2011.

The trial of Doma and his 268 co-defendants was suspended Sept. 23, pending a ruling on Doma’s request to change judges.

During the trial, Doma entered a sound-proof glass carried in a wheel chair amid high security measures.

The detained activist is reported to suffer from serious deterioration in his health conditions, prompting him to temporarily halt his month long hunger strike.

Doma is serving a three-year sentence in prison he was handed down by the court on grounds of violence incidents occurred outside Abdeen Court in November 2013.

In the Cabinet incidents case, only 16 of the 269 defendants are in custody, nine are fugitives, and the rest have been released from detention.

The defendants are accused of attacking the Cabinet and parliament headquarters, burning down the Scientific Institute, attacking police and army forces and damaging public facilities in December 2011.

The clashes happened after security forces attempted to disperse a sit-in against the appointment of Kamal Al-Ganzory as prime minister at that time; the clashes continued for more than a week, and resulted in the killing of around 15 people including Sheikh Emad Effat, a senior Egyptian Sunni Islamic cleric at al-Azhar.

Prosecution also accused the defendants of possessing knives and Molotov cocktails.

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