Cabinet events trial postponed until 1 October

Cairo Criminal Court postponed the trial of 269 defendants that were charged in connection with clashes outside the Egyptian Cabinet in December holding sessions at the Police Academy on Sunday.

The court was adjourned until 1 October to listen to the prosecution and respond to the defense requests of the, in the case known as the cabinet events.

The defense requested to summon both Major General Hamdi Badeen, a leader in the military police.

Violence between demonstrators and military police last December, in front of the cabinet building broke out after a sit-in protesting Kamal al-Ganzouri appointment to prime minister. The events resulted in a numbers of deaths and injuries.

Among the charges facing the defendants are arson, destroying the Institut d'Egypte, breaking and entering, vandalism, destruction of public and private property, possession of melee weapons and Molotov cocktails, possession of illegal drugs, the practice of medicine without a license, and attempting to storm the Interior Ministry building and burning it.

Dozens of the supporters of the defendants had gathered in front of the court, against a modest deployment of police.

The list of defendants includes political activists, such as Ahmed Douma, Makram al-Swissi, Hani Atef and Tariq Shams al-Din, as well as actor Tarek al-Nahri.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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