CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court adjourned the Shura Council clashes trial scheduled Monday to Feb. 12 due to security reasons, Youm7 reported.
Alaa Abd El-Fattah and his 24 co-defendants face charges of illegal protesting, causing riots and clashes, attacking security forces, as well as assaulting and robbing Colonel Emad Tahoon.
Sunday night at least 22 people died at the Air Force Stadium in Cairo, mostly from among the Ultras White Knights, Zamalek club fans, before a match between Zamalek and Enbi teams.
Eyewitnesses reported on social media that the clashes started between fans and security forces because some fans didn’t have tickets and tried to force their way in, and police responded with tear gas. The Interior Ministry ordered a quick investigation into the deaths.
Following the news of the deaths, rumors of Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim circulated in the media, but were quickly denied by the ministry.
The presidency issued statement mourning the fans and demanding more security measures protecting civilians.
A visit from Russian president Vladimir Putin is expected Monday, as high security measures have been taken in the Cairo international airport and around the presidential palace, Youm7 reported.