CAIRO: The session to announce the final verdict against 188 pro-Muslim Brotherhood defendants over conviction for killing police officers in 2013 in Kerdasa has been postponed to Feb. 2, Youm7 reported.
There were 188 total defendants in the case regarding the storming of the police station in Kerdasa in August 2013, in which 11 police officers were killed, and their bodies mutilated. A number of police vehicles were also burned.
The Giza Criminal Court adjourned the session because the defendants did not attend the trial due to security measures. The court panel received Saturday a notification from the Ministry of Interior to inform that the defendants could not attend the trial as the ministry is on high alert the day before the fourth anniversary of January 25 Revolution.
On Dec. 3, 2014, the court, presided by Judge Nagy Shehata, referred the initial death sentence of 188 defendants to the Grand Mufti for consultation and set Jan. 24 for the final verdict.
Egyptian courts have already witnessed two mass trials that also ended with mass death sentences for approximately 1,200 defendants in different cases before a court in Minya.