Egypt court starts hearings in June for security official assassination attempt

Cairo Court of Appeals on Saturday set June 11 to start the trial of 11 defendants charged with attempting to assassinate Chief of Alexandria Security Directorate Mustafa al-Nemr, and joining the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated militant movement ‘Hassam’.

The defendants include some leaders of terrorist group Muslim Brotherhood who fled to Turkey and are to be tried in absentia. Only two of the defendants have actually been detained.

Egypt’s Prosecutor General Nabil Sadek in March referred the defendants to the State Security Criminal Court for trial.

Investigations claimed that the defendants brought funds, arms and logistic support to the movement’s members.

Prosecution further accused the defendants of killing two of Nemr’s police guards, damaging public properties and vehicles, seizing traditional arms, infiltrating from the western borders and receiving military training in Sudan.

The incident dates back to March 2018 when a car bomb detonated in Alexandria’s Roushdy area that targeted a security convoy that included the head of the city’s Security Directorate Mostafa al-Nimr.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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