Yehia Qalash (C), head of the Egyptian press syndicate entering the courthouse for his first trial session on Saturday 4 June 2016 (Photo: Bassam Alzogby)
A Cairo misdemeanor court postponed for the third time on Saturday the trial of Egypt's Journalists Syndicate Chairman Yehia Kalash and two other board members on charges of harbouring fugitives.
The court decided to postpone the session to 9 July in order to complete listening to the witnesses as two State Security policemen were scheduled to give their testimonies on Saturday along with the syndicate’s security staff and board member Hatem Zakaria.
The first three sessions took place on 4, 18 and 25 June.
Kalash, union Secretary-General Gamal Abdel-Reheem and undersecretary Khaled El-Balshy were referred to court last month for harbouring journalists Mahmoud El-Sakka and Amr Badr who were staging a sit-in in the syndicate to protest warrants issued for their arrest.
El-Sakka and Badr, who were arrested inside the syndicate, were among many arrested ahead of the 25 April protests against the Egyptian-Saudi Red Sea island maritime border agreement.