CAIRO: A court has ordered the police to notify Interpol of former Member of Parliament Mamdouh Ismail and Abdul Rahman Ezz, correspondent of the Muslim Brotherhood’s closed channel Misr 25, and eight others at large for besieging the Nasr City court in 2012, Youm7 reported Tuesday.
Salafi leader Hazem Salah Abu Ismail and 17 other alleged members of the so-called “Hazemoun,” a group supporting Abu Ismail, will stand trial April 2 over charges of inciting the siege, using violence and threatening with prosecutors to forcing them to sign a release order for Ahmed Mohamed Arafa, a Salafi activist in Hazemoun. He had been arrested in possession of a rifle.
However, 10 of the defendants will be tried in absentia. Many of Muslim brotherhood supporters fled the country in the aftermath of the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.
The Hazemoun besieged several facilities during the one-year rule of Morsi, as Islamists deemed these facilities as “anti-legitimacy.”
Hazemoun activists besieged the Constitutional Court, which had dissolved the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated parliament, as well as the Egyptian Media Production City, which had harshly criticized Morsi and the Brotherhood.
Although Aljazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour, who resides in Qatar, has been found guilty in a case in Egypt, Germany detained him briefly over his sentence but released him without extraditing him.