Egypt Independent

Interrogations over assault on judge delayed due to bad weather

An investigating judge delayed the interrogation of defendants in the case over an assault on the head of the Judges Club

after witnesses did not attend, due to bad weather.

The three defendants — Egyptians Khaled Abdel Rahman and Eissa Omar, and Palestinian Mahmoud Metwally — all face charges of assault of a public official, verbal assault, firing birdshot, throwing stones and possessing a knife. Another suspect, who has not been detained, also faces that charge.

The defendants were on their way to Ramses Square from a downtown cafe when they allegedly joined dozens of protesters in front of the Judges Club in chanting slogans against head judge Ahmed al-Zend.

Investigators say the defendants then started throwing stones, and that a gunshot was fired by an unknown source.

Zend, a prominent judge, has been leading the independent judiciary movement against President Mohamed Morsy, whom the group alleges has been trying to curb judicial independence.

Morsy’s supporters, however, accuse Zend of being loyal to former President Hosni Mubarak's regime.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm