CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court postponed the trial of Alaa Abd El-Fattah and his 24 co-defendants on charges of involvement in clashes outside the Shura Council in 2013 until Saturday, Dec. 20 to continue listening to witness testimonies.
The charges include illegal protesting, causing riots and clashes, and attacking security forces, including assaulting and robbing Colonel Emad Tahoon.
The court heard defense witnesses’ including director Khaled Youssef, who was inside the council as a member of the 50-member committee when the demonstration that was called for by the “No to Military Trials” movement took place.
Bawabet Yanaier reported that he testified that no one knew the new law had entered into force, “as we all know that there is a pace of time between the releasing and the applying of a newly issued law.”
“I suspended my membership in the committee then, in objection to the way the demonstrators were treated in front of the council. I told Amr Mousa, the committee head, that he needed to talk with the prime minster about what’s happening, as we cannot be a committee that writes a new constitution about freedoms and democracy as other protestors are arrested in front of us because of protesting.” Youssef said.
Other witnesses including Alaa’s mother Leila Sueif , his sister Mona Seif, and former parliament member Ziad Al-Aliemy testified in the session.
The Hisham Mubarak law center stated that lawyer Khaled Ali asked the judge to give him a copy of the session’s papers and documents, but the court refused.