The Cairo Criminal Court adjourned the “Rabaa operations” trial to 13 December to continue reviewing the technical committee reports, with the defendants to remain in custody.
The trial took place in Tora Police Institute on Monday, where ousted president Mohamed Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide Mohamed Badie, and other major Brotherhood figures are also being tried.
The prosecution accused the defendants of setting an “operations room” for the Rabaa Al-Adaweya sit-in and giving orders to the protesters, which “spread nationwide chaos”.
In the wake of the 30 June uprisings in 2013 and the ouster of Morsi, Brotherhood supporters launched a sit-in Rabaa Al-Adaweya and Al-Nahda squares.
Among the defendants is political activist Mohamed Soltan who has been on hunger strike for 309 days, according to his sister’s Facebook page. It is the longest hunger strike of any detainee in Egypt over the past year.
Soltan, the Egyptian-American son of Muslim Brotherhood leader Salah Soltan, fell into a sugar coma in November, after 281 days on hunger strike. He has since recovered and is continuing his hunger strike.