CAIRO: A prison warden was fined 500 EGP ($69) Monday by Cairo Criminal Court after he failed to bring 25 defendants of the Shura Council trial to their Saturday session; the case was postponed to Jan. 15, Youm7 reported.
Jailed former President Mohamed Morsi was also not brought to a hearing Saturday, with security reasons and bad weather cited. Cairo has been hit with severe cold and heavy fog that is expected to last for the week.
The Shura Council defendants are being tried on charges of violating the 2013 Protest Law when they participated in a protest on Nov. 26, 2013 to object to the allowing of military trials for civilians in the then-being drafted 2014 constitution. The protest law criminalizes any political protest without advance permission granted by security forces.
Activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah, who is involved in the case, is further accused of assaulting officer Emad Tahoun and stealing his radio during the clashes, although Abd El-Fattah denies he was part of the protest. At the hearing Dec. 11, a witness accused Tahoun of assaulting her during the protest, as part of other prosecution and defense testimony.