The New Cairo Court conducted its first hearing of Tarek Abdel Razeq, accused of spying for Israel, but the case was swiftly adjourned and postponed until Monday, 17 January.
The presence of tight security was evident as state security guards began surrounding the court at dawn and used tight security measures when allowing people into the courtroom.
Abdel Razeq, the owner of an import and export company, is accused of spying on Egypt for the Mossad with his two Israeli accomplices Idid Moushay and Joseph Daymour, who will be tried in absentia.
Abdel Razeq is also charged with harming diplomatic relations between Egypt, Syria and Lebanon by providing his Israeli accomplices with information on several Syrian and Lebanese citizens.
Today the same court also witnessed Gamal Hussein's trial, the man accused of throwing fire grenades at the Jewish synagogue in Cairo from a hotel terrace on the opposite side of the street.