Trial adjourned for NDP member and 2 journalists accused of libel

The Giza Criminal Court has postponed the trial of a National Democratic Party (NDP) member and two journalists charged with libel until 17 April, judicial sources said.

The defendants are accused of insulting a judge who claimed he witnessed vote rigging in November's parliamentary elections.

NDP victor in 6th of October city, Momena Kamel, described the judge as “an insane and retarded liar.”

Walid al-Shafely, the judge in question, submitted a report to the heads of the High Elections Commission (HEC) and other election committees, saying he witnessed vote manipulation in favor of the NDP’s two female candidates, Momena Kamel and Nermine Badrawy, while supervising elections in 6th October.

With regard to the journalists involved, the Egyptian general prosecutor in early November decided to refer Al-Shorouk's editor-in-chief Amr Khafagi and reporter Hesham al-Mayani for a swift trial at Giza Criminal Court.

Khafagi and al-Mayani are accused of libel and slander after publishing an interview in which Kamel insulted a civil servant performing his election-supervising duties.

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