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Trial of former interior minister continues

Lawyers defending the martyrs of the revolution claim they are not being given fair access to the courtroom to put forward their case against Habib El-Adly and his former assistants

Ahram Online, Sunday 14 Aug 2011
Habib el-Adly
This video image taken from Egyptian State Television shows former Egyptian Interior Minister Habib el-Adly, right, in a cage of mesh and iron bars during his trial in a Cairo courtroom Thursday (Photo: AP)
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Cairo's Criminal Court today opened the thrid session of the trial of former interior minister Habib El-Adly, who, along with six of his assistants, is accused of killing protesters during Egypt's January 25 revolution.

Lawyer Amir Salem attended the case and requested the footage from 25 January to 11 February, filmed by the surveillance cameras of the Egyptian Television building at Maspero. He also alleged that some relevant files are being hidden by the military.

Defendants of the victims have requested more time to further inspect the case's evidence.

One lawyer also complained that the room given to the lawyers to inspect evidence was too small and crowded. She also requested more time for inspecting the evidence. Another lawyer has requested that a list of those killed or injured during the revolution be added to the evidence.

The court has decided that, as of the next session, no lawyer will be allowed to attend without special permission; lawyers will have to show their syndicate identity card at the door.

Lawyers defending the rights of the martyrs of the revolution have claimed that they were not given a chance to attend the trial to present their case. The Committee for the Defence of the Rights of Martyrs threatened that it will withdraw from the El-Adly case if any of its members are refused entry to the court.

The case was adjourned to 5 September. 

The trial was taking place in Cairo's police academy, while being aired publicly on Egyptian television. The judge adjourned the session four times in between due to constant interruptions by the lawyers.

The trial was originally adjourned on 4 August until today to give the lawyers time to examine the case's central security files, arms and ammunition.

The next session of the case against ousted president Hosni Mubarak is due on 15 August. 

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