Court sets June 14 to start trial of 67 for assassinating Egypt’s top prosecutor
Policemen investigate the site of a car bomb attack on the convoy of Egyptian public prosecutor Hisham Barakat near his house at Heliopolis district in Cairo, June 29, 2015.

CAIRO: The Cairo Court of Appeal on Tuesday set June 14 as the first session of the trial of 67 defendants over charges of assassinating Egypt’s Attorney General Hisham Barakat, Youm7 reported.

The defendants, 16 of whom are at large, face other numerous charges including joining a terrorist organization; the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, and “conspiring with Hamas militants to target a number of leading Egyptian officials in order to sow chaos in the country,” according to a statement issued by the office of Attorney General Nabil Sadek on May 9.

However, several figures of the Gaza-based Islamist Palestinian group have repeatedly denied any involvement in the assassination.

Barakat was killed in a car bomb that was remotely blown up near his motorcade in Cairo’s upscale district of Heliopolis on June 29, 2015. The blast also left some of his guards injured.

Following the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, Barakat has referred thousands of Morsi supporters, who hailed from the Brotherhood group, to trial over violence and terrorism charges.

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