Egypt Independent

Court to send suspect in synagogue attack to panel of psychiatrists



A Cairo criminal court adjourned Saturday the case of a man accused of throwing a primitive bomb at a Jewish synagogue in Cairo until 16 October, judicial sources said. 

In February, a small fire erupted in front of  Adly Street Synagogue in downtown Cairo causing no damage or injuries.

At the time, the police said that Gamal Ahmed, 49, threw a plastic bag he had from a window of an adjacent hotel in the direction of the synagogue, which is 14 meters away.

A judicial source said that during today’s session Ahmed denied the accusations against him, and said that his confessions were taken under pressure and torture.

The defense lawyer requested that the suspect be referred to a panel of three experienced psychiatrists because his client suffered from mental deterioration, the source added.   

Prosecutors have asked for the maximum sentence, charging Ahmad with possession of unlicensed explosives with the intention of carrying out a 'terrorist-like act.'