Trial of Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah and 24 others adjourned

Ahram Online, Sunday 25 May 2014

Trial of activists over unauthorised protest is adjourned until 11 June because the judge is unwell, lawyer says

Security forces attack protesters in front of the Shura Council, Cairo, Tuesday, 26 Nov 2013 (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

The trial of 25 activists, including Alaa Abdel-Fattah, over an authorised protest has been adjourned until 11 June.

It was the first session of the trial after Abdel-Fattah's request for the judge to be replaced was rejected.

According to lawyer Mohamed Abdel-Aziz, the judge overseeing the case was absent because he had the flu.

On 23 March, Abdel-Fattah and Ahmed Abdel-Rahman, another defendant, were released on bail of LE10,000 each.

The 25 defendants face charges of illegal protesting, attacking a public employee whilst doing his job, sabotaging public property, attacking Captain Emad Tahoon and stealing his two-way radio.

The charges relate to a protest against military trials for civilians outside the Shura Council in Cairo in November 2013.

The protest was the first to be dispersed by force in accordance with a controversial protest law issued in the same month, which criminalises unauthorised public demonstrations.

The No to Military Trials group claimed responsibility for organising the protest, but Abdel-Fattah was charged with being the protest organiser.

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