Camel attack suspects to be tried in August

Cairo Appeals Court on Wednesday set a 20 August trial date for 25 suspects accused of orchestrating a February attack on protesters in Tahrir Square.

The accused face charges related to the deaths and injuries of protesters during the 2 February attack they allegedly carried out riding camels and horses.

The defendants include former People's Assembly Speaker Fathi Sorour, former National Democratic Party chief Safwat al-Sherif and NDP member Ibrahim Kamel.

Egyptian activists, however, say that Adel Abdel Salam Gomaa, the head of South Cairo Criminal Court, which has been tasked with the trial, is affiliated with the Mubarak regime.

They accuse Gomaa of issuing earlier verdicts in coordination with the disbanded State Security Investigation Services.

Earlier investigations pointed to Sherif as the mastermind behind the attacks on protesters and pro-Mubarak demonstrations during the revolution.

Investigators also found that Sherif phoned lawmakers, NDP members and Mubarak loyalists to spur them to disperse Tahrir demonstrations by force.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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