Retrial of Alaa Abdel Fattah, others over Shura Council incidents adjourned until 17 November

Cairo Criminal Court adjourned on Tuesday retrial of activist Alaa abdel Fattah, a well-known activist opposed to military rule, and 24 others over involvement in the cabinet clashes trial to 17 November to review CDs submitted from prosecution.
The suspects are remanded into custody pending investigations.
According to investigators, the 25 activists face charges of protesting without prior approval from the Interior Ministry outside the Shura Council on 26 November 2013, during a demonstration condemning the trial of civilians by military courts.
The defendants are also accused of stealing a police officer’s walkie-talkie as well as possessing bladed weapons.
The court panel recused itself in September for sensing embarrassment and submitted the lawsuit documents to Cairo Court of Appeal to select another court to review the lawsuit. The court also released the detained activists including Abdel Fattah, Ahmed Abdel Rahman and Wael Mahmoud Metwally on LE5,000 bail each.
In June, all the suspects were sentenced in absentia to 15 year in rigorous prison and fining each LE100,000. They were also put under police surveillance for five years from the date of verdict, before the retrial takes place after the suspects were arrested.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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