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Egypt briefs on trials, Sharqeya, and Cairo


– Suez military court postponed the trial of eight detainees arrested during Al-Abasseya events to 9 July for the verdict, while four of the defendants remain in custody till the day of the trial. These four defendants were arrested by military forces in Suez during protests on 9 May, the same day which witnessed clashes between military forces and protesters at Al-Abasseya district.

– The case of ex-Secretary General of the now dissolved National Democratic Party Ahmad Ezz was postponed by the Cairo Criminal Court to 4 October for the verdict. The businessman is being tried for the crimes of profiteering, usurping money which originally belonged to Al- Dekheila and acquiring free licenses for iron production as well as money laundering almost EGP 6.5 billion.

– The Cairo Criminal Court postponed the trial of defendants of the Maspero events to 3 September. The defendants, Michael Adel Naguib and Michael Mos’ad Shaker, who fled and is being tried in absentia, are accused of stealing and hiding multifunctional automatic weapons owned by the armed forces.

– Ten women who were arrested during Al-Abasseya events face military trials today at the Military court in Nasr City. The defendants are accused of traffic disruption, assaulting a public servant and holding an illegal rally.

– The NGO trial resumes today, in which 43 Egyptians and foreigners were arrested, during a government crackdown on NGOs allegedly receiving illegal foreign funding.

The Sharqeya governorate is in a state of chaos due to several acts of violence. Events escalated in the Abou Kebeer district after two brothers were killed by members of extremist Islamic groups. A new crisis hit Al-Zagazig city when a fight broke out between families of Al-Hariri region and inhabitants of the Al-Zera’a housing area in Zagazig. Various weapons were used, from firearms to knives and clubs, in a fight which lasted for almost two hours.


Employees of the Cerameca Cleopatra gGroup carried on their protests in front of the presidential palace in Heliopolis, demanding their delayed payments from the annual profits. The group’s chairman had earlier refused their demands, instead accusing them of disrupting production.

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