Al-Dostour Party spokesman Khaled Dawoud’s alleged assailant is set to face trial based on orders issued by Prosecutor General Hesham Barakat.
The charges against him include attempted murder and the possession of a melee weapon, among other charges. The decision to try him comes after he faced investigations and the decision mandates that he remain in preventative detention.
Dawoud had said before the prosecution that the attack against him was an “unlucky coincidence,” not a planned one.
Dawoud was in his car driving on Qasr Al-Eini Street on 4 October passing by a rally, when several protesters identified him, chased him to Abu Al-Reesh Bridge, forced him out of the car and physically attacked him, according to a statement by the Ministry of Interior.
The spokesman was stabbed in the chest and arm several times and his car was smashed, according to a statement by Al-Dostour Party. “He would have lost his life at the hands of those murderers if it weren’t for divine intervention,” the party added.
The Ministry of Interior had stated that Dawoud sustained several wounds to the left side of his chest, one penetrating wound, and cuts on his right arm. He received treatment at the New Al-Qasr Al-Eini Teaching Hospital.
The Ministry of Interior and Al-Dostour Party said that the attackers were supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi. The ministry even added that the alleged assailant was arrested while in possession of posters supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.
Several political groups have condemned the attack on Dawoud, including Al-Dostour Party, Al-Nour Party, Misr Al-Qawia (Strong Egypt) Party and the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).
Dawoud had also served as the spokesman for the National Salvation Front (NSF), which was the largest opposition bloc during Morsi’s time. He resigned from his post on 16 August, in objection to the support shown by several parties within the NSF for the security crackdown on pro-Morsi protesters on 14 August.