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First order of the day for Battle of the Camel judge: Media blackout in courtroom

The first ruling the judge made in the trial against high officials for premeditated conspiracy to murder of protesters was to ban broadcasting from the courtroom

Nada Hussein Rashwan, Sunday 11 Sep 2011
Safwat El Sherif
Snapshot from Egyptian Television live transmission of the trial taken by Ahram Online

In his first verdict in the trial against the alleged masterminds of the Battle of the Camel, Judge Mustafa Hassan Abdullah ruled to cancel the live broadcast of the trial. He promptly suspended the session until all television equipment is removed from the courtroom.

The Battle of the Camel took place on 1-2 February, during the 18-day revolt in Tahrir Square, where an unidentified group raided the square riding camels and horses in efforts to force protesters out of Tahrir.

Investigations reveal former regime officials were involved in organising the attacks.

Those facing charges include former head of parliament, Fathi Sorour, former head of the upper house and former secretary general of the ousted National Democratic Party, Safwat El-Sherif and former minister of manpower and immigration Aisha Abdel Hadi.

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