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Trial of Egypt's Press Syndicate head adjourned as defence requests witness list

Syndicate chairman Yehia Kalash and two board members were referred to court for harbouring journalists Mahmoud El-Sakka and Amr Badr in the syndicate's Downtown Cairo headquarters

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Saturday 18 Jun 2016
Yehia Qalash
Yehia Qalash (C), head of the Egyptian press syndicate entering the courthouse for his first trial session on Saturday 4 June 2016 (Bassam Al Zogby)
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A Cairo misdemeanour court adjourned Saturday the second session of the trial of Egypt's Press Syndicate chairman, Yehia Kalash, and two other board members on charges of harbouring fugitives inside the syndicate's headquarters.

Kalash, along with union secretary-general Gamal Abdel-Reheem and undersecretary Khaled El-Balshy, was referred to court in June for harbouring journalists Mahmoud El-Sakka and Amr Badr who were staging a sit-in to protest warrants issued for their arrest.

The trial was adjourned to 25 June after the defence requested the testimonies of journalists El-Sakka and Badr, who were arrested inside the syndicate and were among many ordered arrested ahead of the 25 April protests against the Egyptian-Saudi Red Sea island maritime border agreement.

Kalash, Abdel-Reheem and El-Balshy are also facing charges of spreading false news about the police raid on the syndicate's headquarters 1 May that resulted in the arrest of the two journalists.

A trial is yet to be set for this second charge.

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