Egypt adjourns trial of officers accused of torturing lawyer to death
Ahram Online, Saturday 6 Jun 2015


Cairo Criminal Court Saturday adjourned to 28 July the trial of two police officers charged with torturing a civilian to death, maintaining its earlier decision to release the officers on bail pending trial, despite the prosecution's objections.

In late March, the court ordered a LE10,000 bail for the two police officers, who belong to the National Security Agency, each.

The prosecution appealed the release decision at the time.

The two officers are accused of torturing to death in February 2015 a lawyer, Karim Hamdy, while interrogating him in a police station in Cairo's Matariya district.

Hamdy had been questioned by the officers over accusations of illegal weapons possession, involvement in anti-government violence, and belonging to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

Matariya, a working-class district in northeast Cairo, had been a regular site for protests by supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi since July 2013.

In February, the general prosecution imposed a gag order on the case.

Also on Saturday, Egypt's Lawyers' Syndicate are expected to stage a one-day strike to protest “police assaults" on lawyers, citing an assault with shoes by a senior police officer on a lawyer in Damietta governorate last week.

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