Court adjourns retrial of 155 Kerdasa case defendants

Thursday 09-06-2016 10:45 PM

Army personnel during Kerdasa clashes in September 2013. REUTERS

CAIRO, June 9 (Aswat Masriya) - The Cairo criminal court adjourned on Thursday the trial of 155 defendants in the case dubbed by the media as “Kerdasa massacre” to June 13 upon the request of the defence lawyers to hear the testimonies of the witnesses.

The court also ordered to send the CDs affiliated with the case to the competent authority so as to examine its content to figure out whether the defendants were present at the crime scene.

Last February, Egypt’s highest court, the Court of Cassation accepted the appeal submitted by 149 defendants on the death sentences handed to them in the case. The court accepted the appeals of other defendants later which brought the total number of defendants being retried to 155.

In mid-August 2013, Kerdasa police station was attacked in the aftermath of the violent dispersal of Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Square sit-ins, which had been staged in support of former president Mohamed Mursi. Mursi was removed by the military in July of that year after mass protests against his rule.

The prosecution charged the defendants with participating in the attack and killing 11 police officers and two civilians.

They were also charged with the attempted murder of 10 other policemen, damaging the police station’s building, setting ablaze cars and armoured vehicles belonging to the police and possession of ammunition.

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