CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court headed by Judge Hassan Fareed decided Monday to adjourn the trial of activist Alaa Abd El Fattah and 24 other defendants in the Shura Council demonstrations case to Nov. 11, Youm7 reported Monday.
It also ordered all defendants be held in jail pending investigations until the next session.
Abd El Fattah and the other 24 defendants are charged with attacking security forces during an illegal demonstration in front of the Shura Council last November.
Earlier, Judge Mohamed Ali Al-Fekki recused himself from continuing to hear the case. It was referred to another court, and Abd El Fattah was released on bail.
Abd El Fattah was tried in absentia last June, sentenced to 15 years in jail and fined 100,000 EGP ($14,000), but the case was later appealed.
In a separate case, his sister Sanaa Seif was sentenced Sunday to three years in jail along with 22 other defendants—including activist Yara Sallam—for illegal demonstration conducted last June.
Amnesty International urged Egyptian authorities to release the activists, and called the sentence “draconian.” The trial, the organization said, was “based on highly questionable evidence,” and Yara Sallam was not present at the protest where the defendants were arrested.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights issued a statement Sunday saying they were “shocked and outraged by the sentence.” The statement added that they believe Sallam’s indictment and conviction are linked to her human rights work.