Gizawy trial adjourned to 5 December

A Saudi court in Jeddah decided Wednesday to postpone the trial of Egyptian nationals Ahmed al-Gizawy and Islam Bakr and Saudi national Badr bin Nasser to 5 December, in order to give them a chance to respond to the evidence submitted by the prosecutor.

The suspects are accused of smuggling banned Xanax tablets into the kingdom. The court reviewed six witness testimonies alleging that Bakr had committed a crime a year ago.

Yasser Elwany, legal adviser of the Egyptian Consulate in Jeddah, was skeptical about some testimonies for not giving the correct name and features of the suspect.

Elwany is authorized by the suspects to defend them during the trial. He will draft the legal response to the evidence during the next session.

Gizawy was arrested on 17 April, and the trial’s first session was held on 18 July. Saudi prosecutors had earlier called for the death penalty for Gizawy.

Edited translation from MENA

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