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Raba’a Operations Room retrial to being in February

Criminal Court relied solely on evidence from State Security, says defence lawyer


Court of Appeals scheduled on Sunday the first retrial session for the Raba’a Operations Room to take place on 8 February, official news agency MENA reported.

The trial involves at least 50 defendants, including Muslim Brotherhood director Mohamed Badea, and other leaders from the outlawed group, their sons, and some journalists.

The retrial followed April 2015 verdicts issued against the defendants ranging from death sentences to life imprisonment. The court of appeals has been reviewing the verdicts and called for a retrial by the Criminal Court of Cairo.

Defendants are facing charges of outlining a strategy that aims to destroy and burn state public facilities, chiefly police buildings and Coptic places of worship, in addition to the attempted abduction of state figures and leaders.

One of the defence lawyers previously told Daily News Egypt that the Criminal Court relied solely on evidence from State Security investigations, which nullifies the verdict, in addition there being an absence of evidence to prove charges since the prosecution failed to present proof that the defendants falsified news reports and footage.

Among the defendants in the case are 14 journalists and media workers, 13 of whom received life sentences and one who received the death penalty.

These include board members of the Rassd news network Abdullah Al-Fakharany and Samhy Mostafa, along with head of Al-Aqsa channel, Ahmed Sebai, who was sentenced to life in prison.

 

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