CAIRO: Cairo Criminal Court adjourned to 8 February the trial of 494 suspects, allegedly belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood, over charges of murder and attempted murder, Youm7 reported Tuesday.
The court session, which is the second in the case known as Al-Fath Mosque clashes, took place at the Police Trustees’ Institute in Cairo’s Tora Prison complex.
The trial was adjourned as only three of the defendants were present at the court. The Ministry of Interior is the authority responsible for transferring detainees to court.
The Al-Fath mosque clashes, which took place outside downtown Cairo’s Ramses Square on Aug. 17, 2013, killed 44 people and injured 59, including 22 members of security forces, according to the state-run newspaper Al-Ahram.
In February 2014 Attorney General Hisham Barakat charged the defendants to the Criminal Court with “being involved in violence, murder and assault against police forces, and setting fire to facilities and private properties, vandalizing the Al-Fatah Mosque, interrupting prayers and vandalizing public property and blocking public roads,” according to Al-Ahram.
Following the deadly dispersal of pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins at Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda squares which killed at least 600 people, marches were planned to convene on Ramses Square in the heart of downtown Cairo and elsewhere in support of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and in opposition to the violence from two days before.