CAIRO: The Heliopolis Misdemeanor Court Thursday set Oct. 26 as the date to issue its final verdict against the trial of 23 defendants in the “Ithadeya protest” case stemming from incidents in front of the Ithadeya presidential palace last June.
Defendants in the case include activists Sanaa Seif and Yara Sallam.
The defendants are facing charges of allegedly breaking the 2013 Protest Law and engaging in violent acts like assaulting security forces and attacking public property. A group of defense lawyers, including Khaled Ali, entered not-guilty pleas and demanded the case be thrown out for the failure of the prosecution to provide evidence, according to updates on Twitter by activist Mona Seif.
Meanwhile, activist Alaa Abd El Fattah’s appeal session was postponed to Nov. 13, his sister Mona reported on her Facebook account Thursday. Abd El Fattah is currently out of jail after being released on bail in September.
The Maadi Misdemeanor Court sentenced Abdel El Fattah on Oct. 2 in absentia to a month in jail and fined him 200 EGP ($27) for insulting the Ministry of Interior during his detention in jail pending trial for the Shura Council protests of November 2013.