Court lifts media gag on Hisham Barakat case

Nourhan Mohamed
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Cairo Criminal Court lifted the previously imposed media gag in the case of former general prosecutor Hisham Barakat’s assassination on Tuesday.

The court resumed the case on Tuesday. Defendants are facing several charges that include establishing an illegal group, executing hostile operations against judges, army, and police officers, targeting diplomatic headquarters, and aiming to destroy state institutions.

Barakat died due to injuries sustained in an attack that targeted his motorcade in June 2015.

The attack occurred one day before the second anniversary of the 30 June Uprising that eventually led to the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood government in 2013.

Barakat’s death, which marked the first assassination of a high-profile figure since 1990, sparked swift action from the Egyptian state. Shortly after Barakat’s funeral, President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi ordered legal amendments to expedite trials and the enforcement of verdicts.


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