Egypt's 'Nasr City terrorist cell' trial postponed to 20 August

Ahram Online, Saturday 15 Jun 2013

Controversial trial of 25 men accused of establishing a terrorist cell in Cairo postponed to 20 August

A Cairo criminal court has postponed to 20 August the ongoing trial of 25 Egyptians charged with establishing a terrorist cell in Cairo.

The defendants, who belong to the ultra-conservative Gamaa Jihadiyah group, were arrested in October and charged with establishing a terrorist cell in Cairo's Nasr City district, with the aim to plan terrorist attacks throughout Egypt.

In the coming hearing the court is set to hear witness testimonies.

During preliminary investigations, state security investigators claim defendants received military training in a satellite Cairo district, New Cairo, and that they had been aided by a bomb-making expert.

Critics of the controversial Nasr City cell trial claim police fabricated the case.

Prominent Islamist lawyer Montasser El-Zayat described it earlier as an "attempt to re-assert the power of Egypt's state security apparatus."

Egypt's Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim announced in May (eight months after the actual arrests) that police forces had arrested three men who allegedly belong to the same group and were planning domestic attacks in Cairo, including on embassies.

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