Adly trial adjourned until 5 September

The Cairo Criminal Court on Sunday adjourned the trial of former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and six of his former aides to 5 September.

Adly and his aides are being tried on charges of killing protesters during the 25 January revolution, in which some 840 people were killed and 6000 were wounded. The trial is being held at Lecture Hall 1 at the Police Academy – formerly called Mubarak Police Academy – in Cairo.

The court, being presided over by Judge Ahmed Refaat, listened to the requests made by the civil rights prosecutors, who demanded that all cases filed against the police officers accused of killing and wounding protesters be merged into one case.

Speaking for the plaintiffs, civil rights lawyer Mohamed al-Ashkar also demanded the annexation of the videos recorded from the 100 cameras found in various areas around Tahrir Square, during the period between 25 January and 24 February.

The plaintiff team also requested the summoning of former head of Intelligence and ex-Vice President Omar Suleiman.

The session was stopped four times due to repeated interruptions by some plaintiff lawyers, who raised their voices and insisted on speaking without permission from the court.

Upon resumption of the court hearings, the court is scheduled to listen to the defense team. In addition to Adly, the defendants include Ismail al-Shaer, former head of the dissolved State Security Intelligence Services, Hassan Abdel Rahman, former head of the Central Security Forces, Ahmed Ramzy, head of Public Security, Adly Fayed, Giza's former security chief and current assistant of the interior minister for training, and 6th of October City Security Director Omar al-Faramawy.

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