Prosecution orders arrest of Adly trial rioters

The New Cairo Prosecution asked the investigations office to identify and arrest people accused of starting riots during the trial of ex-Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and six of his aides, who are charged with killing protesters during the 25 January revolution.

Investigators said protesters and relatives of the revolution's victims – banned from the courtroom – gathered in front of the Fifth Settlement courthouse in New Cairo at 8 am on Sunday to see suspects taken into court.

When the judge postponed Adly's trial, some started hurling stones at the police and army forces securing the court.

Ten security personnel – three from the army, four from Central Security and another three policemen – were injured.

Investigators said rioters ripped tiles from a nearby mall and hurled them at security. Central Security and police forces were ordered to withdraw and the army controlled the situation. The windows of 11 police cars and the windshields of two armed forces vehicles were smashed.

A security source said security forces on Sunday prevented an attempt on Adly's life. Protesters were planning to cut off the road and kill him, he claimed. Orders were given to the officers securing the suspects to come out of the courtroom quickly without stopping.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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