Egyptian church bombing case postpone for fourth time

Ahram Online, Sunday 5 Feb 2012

Lacking the interior ministry's investigation, the court yet again postpones the case of the Alexandria Two Saints Church bombing on New Years Eve 2010

The court reviewing the 2010/2011 New Year's Eve bombing of Two Saints Church in Egypt postponed the trial for the fourth consecutive time.

De-facto leader Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi was expected to reveal the results of the investigations, but his failure to appear -- or anyone representing him -- forced the court to postpone the trial to 18 March 2012.

The case was previously adjourned to 5 February after the lawyer of the victims' families had requested that the field marshal, as head of Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces, order the interior minister to submit the results of the investigation.

The Palestinian Islamic Army was blamed on 24 January 2011 for the bombing by former interior minister Habib El-Adly, who is currently in jail. Following the 18-day uprising, protesters and various political forces accused the El-Adly and the ministry for orchestrating the attack which left 24 dead after a bomb was set off during the Alexandria churches New Year's Eve mass.

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