CAIRO: The challenge by 22 defendants against sentences ranging from seven years in jail to life terms were accepted Monday by the Court of Cassation, which in the same ruling overturned an acquittal of 10 co-defendants in the case.
The defendants are facing changes of attacking Nile City residential towers, disturbing the public order and possessing guns.
On Jan. 29, 2014, Cairo Criminal Court sentenced two convicts to life imprisonment, seven to seven years in jail, while 13 other defendants received sentences of seven years in prison. The 10 other co-defendants in the trial were acquitted.
In the security vacuum following the January 25 Revolution in August 2012, a man was accused of extorting money from local shop owners and many staff members of the Fremont Hotel, located in Nile City Towers owned by Egyptian business tycoon Naguib Sawiris; when security forces and hotel security guards tried to prevent him from shaking down the staff, a quarrel broke between the man and the police officer.
The man was killed when he tried to forcedly take the officer’s gun. His relatives and friends mobbed outside the hotel and blocked the road, which led to a fire fight between the protesting relatives and police forces, injuring seven people (three policemen and four security guards of the hotel.)