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Egypt court releases 10 defendants pending trial for medical reasons in Rabaa dispersal case

There are over 700 defendants in the case, including many senior Muslim Brotherhood figures

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Tuesday 27 Dec 2016
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File photo: Rabaa sit-in dispersal (Photo: AP)
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A Cairo criminal court ordered on Tuesday the release pending trail of 10 defendants for medical reasons in the Rabaa dispersal case, where they face charges of unauthorised assembly, use of force, premeditated murder, and the possession of weapons and bombs.

Other defendants in the case have also asked to be released for medical reasons, though the court has only ordered the release of those deemed in conditions too critical to remain incarcerated.

Of those whom the court did not grant release is photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, known as Shawkan, whose family says is not being provided the necessary treatment for Hepatitis C in prison.

The case, which includes 739 defendants, involves the events surrrounding the 2013 dispersal of the Rabaa El-Adaweya sit-in in Cairo, where demonstrators were protesting against the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi earlier that year.

The dispersal of the sit-in by security forces left hundreds of people dead.

The defendants include the Muslim Brotherhood's Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie as well as leading Brotherhood figure Mohamed El-Beltagy, alongside other senior Brotherhood members.

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