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Military trial of hundreds resumes in president assassination attempts case

Other charges include number of operations against judges, police, military in North Sinai 

A military court resumed on Wednesday the trial of 292 defendants accused of attempting to assassinate Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, among other serious charges, state-owned media Al-Ahram reported.

The court decided to hold its next session on 7 March to continue hearing testimonies.

The case is registered as number 148 in military court and a trial session has been taking place on a weekly basis over the past several months, based on an order issued by the Military Prosecution in July 2017.

According to a report published by the local newspaper Al-Youm Al-Sabea on 22 January, based on information from investigative documents, a plan sought by the terrorist-designated “Sinai Province” group, included two attempts on Al-Sisi’s life in 2015, one of them during his presence in Saudi Arabia for the purpose of performing the Umrah pilgrimage.

The media report said the second attempt was inside Egypt, in coordination with “a group of Central Security Forces officers” in charge of securing national events in which Al-Sisi participates, as investigations revealed the involvement of six police officers in the plot.

The defendants face charges in other cases, such as the killing of three judges in Al-Arish, in May 2015, following a death sentence issued against former president Mohamed Morsi, as well as attacking a hotel in North Sinai where judges supervising parliamentary elections were residing, which resulted in the killing of two judges and five other people: four policemen and a citizen.

Other charges include attacks on police and military vehicles in North Sinai a suicide car bomb attack on a police station, an attack on a civil protection building, and an attack on an electricity company in Al-Arish city.

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