Court postpones trial of Egyptian press syndicate head

Ahram Online , Saturday 9 Jul 2016

A Cairo misdemeanour court postponed on Saturday the trial of Egypt's press syndicate chairman Yehia Kalash and two other board members to 16 July on charges of harbouring fugitives inside the syndicate's headquarters.

Defendant and syndicate board member Khaled El-Balshy attended the session, where witnesses were testifying, while his peer Gamal Abdel-Reheem and Kalash were absent.

The trio were referred to court in June for harbouring journalists Mahmoud El-Sakka and Amr Badr, who were staging a sit-in at the syndicate headquarters to protest warrants issued for their arrest.

El-Sakka and Badr, who were arrested inside the syndicate, were among many ordered arrested ahead of the 25 April protests against the Egyptian-Saudi Red Sea island maritime border agreement.

Kalash, Abdel-Reheem and El-Balshy are also facing charges of "publishing false news" about the police raid on the syndicate's headquarters on 1 May that resulted in the arrest of the two journalists.

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