Cairo’s Court of Appeals decided on Monday to postpone the hearing of Major General Hussein Saeed Mohamed Moussa’s appeal against a verdict finding him guilty of destroying evidence regarding the killing of protestors during the 2011 revolution. The appeal will be considered on 16 July.
Last year the Cairo Misdemeanor Court found the former director of the Central Security Telecommunications Department guilty of destroying the Central Security Operation room phone records following the 25 January revolution, and sentenced him to two years in prison.
Moussa immediately appealed the verdict and has been released on bail pending the result of his appeal.
According to the public prosecutor, Moussa had destroyed the only CD featuring the recordings of conversations between former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and six of his top aides, in which Adly gave orders to shoot the protesters.
The Cairo Criminal Court recently sentenced ousted President Hosni Mubarak and Adly to life imprisonment on charges of failing to halt violence committed against demonstrators despite their knowledge of its occurrence.
The verdict sparked outrage among Egyptians, particularly as six major figures in the Interior Ministry were acquitted of the same charges. Judge Ahmed Refaat stated that the evidence that reached the court did not prove that the police had killed demonstrators.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm