Trial of Egyptian activist Douma, 12 others to begin 6 July

Ahram Online, Tuesday 11 Jun 2013

Ahmed Douma and 12 other activists will face trial before South Cairo criminal court early next month to face charges of 'inciting violence' in March against Muslim Brotherhood HQ

Trial proceedings in the case against Egyptian political activist Ahmed Douma and 12 other activists will begin on 6 July at a South Cairo criminal court.

Along with Douma, trial defendants will also include blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah, journalist Nawara Negm, opposition National Salvation Front member Hazem Abdel-Azim, Constitution Party member Ahmed Eid and political activist Karim El-Shaer.

The date for the opening trial session was set by Samir Abul-Maati, head of the Cairo Appeal Court, on Monday.

The defendants stand accused of inciting violence in March, when anti-government protesters attempted to storm the headquarters of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood – the group from which President Mohamed Morsi hails and which holds a parliamentary majority – in Cairo's Moqattam district.

Douma, a member of Egypt's opposition Popular Current movement, is the only one of the defendants currently in detention. He stands accused of insulting President Morsi, who he described as a "killer" in televised statements.         

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