Earlier in the day, sources from the Justice Ministry had told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the foreign funding case file would be sent to the public prosecution within days in order to prepare for Ibrahim’s trial.
Sources had also claimed that current head of the Cairo Court of Appeals, Samir Abul Maati, had decided to dissolve the court circuit that tried the defendants in what was known to the media as the “NGO funding case.” Justice Minister Ahmed Mekky was preparing to refer the four other judges from the case to disciplinary trial, as well, the sources alleged
In May, sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the Supreme Judicial Council ordered a criminal investigation of Ibrahim on charges of interfering in the work of certain judges and allowing foreigners who were being tried for receiving illegal funds for NGOs to leave the country before the trial was over.
According to earlier investigations, Ibrahim also interfered with the work of the court that oversaw the request to lift the defendants’ travel-ban, the sources added.
The Cairo Criminal Court will resume hearings in the NGO funding case on 9 September. Forty-three NGO workers face charges in the case. Nineteen US nationals, 14 Egyptians, five Serbians, two Germans and three citizens of other Arab countries are accused of receiving illegal funding from foreign organizations and governments and operating without permits.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm