CAIRO: The next trial session of Alaa Abd El-Fattah and his 24 co-defendants on charges of involvement in clashes outside the Shura Council in 2013 has been pushed back to Feb.9 to continue hearing lawyers’ statements, Youm7 reported Thursday.
Abd El-Fattah and his colleagues are facing charges include illegal protesting, causing riots and clashes, and attacking security forces, including assaulting and robbing Colonel Emad Tahoon.
The Shura Council events took place in November 2013, when dozens of activists gathered to object the entry into force of the 2013 Protest Law and a constitutional article allowing civilians to be tried in military courts.
During Thursday’s session the court allowed Abd El-Fattah to defend himself outside of the defendant’s cage, and he said that all of the evidence in case was “not legal.”
Abd El-Fattah’s lawyer Khaled Ali referenced map images from during his statement in the court according to Youm7, as he tried to explain that the incident regarding attacking Colonel Emad Tahoon cannot be proved due to the witnesses’ “confused” testimonial about the location.
He added that there is nothing to prove the demonstrator’s attack against police officers, adding “obviously, the officers started the attack.”