Trial of child who assaulted policeman adjourned to December 13, Cairo court announces

An Egyptian juvenile court on Sunday has begun its hearings into the case of a judge’s son charged with assaulting a policeman and a variety of misdemeanors, and has ruled to adjourn the trial to December 13.

Security services intensified their presence during the trial, held at the juveniles court in al-Amiriya district at Cairo.

The Public Prosecutor ordered that the child be placed at a supervision house, while those who accompanying him have been held in custody pending investigations.

The Public Prosecution had apprehended the child after the first video of his assault on the policeman, then released him and handed him over to his father after taking the necessary written pledge to discipline him.

However, the day after leaving the Public Prosecution’s office, the child uploaded a new video that included more felonies. This violated the written pledge to correct the boy’s behaviour, thus leading to the renewed charges.

The Public Prosecution referred on Saturday the child and four other defendants to trial at the competent juvenile, misdemeanor and criminal courts over assaulting a police officer at Cairo’s Maadi area – amid other felonies.

The incident back in November sparked public outrage on social media, when a video showing the 13 year-old son of a judge driving a car and assaulting a police officer made its rounds across the internet.

Police apprehended the boy the day after the video went viral, as public anger mounted over his entitlement and disregard for the law.

The Public Prosecution’s statement on Saturday charged the defendants with attaining narcotics with the intent to abuse, insulting a policeman, assaulting him and violating family principles in Egyptian society.

The statement added that the defendants created, managed and used private accounts on the internet with the aim of committing and facilitating these crimes, and that the first defendant drove a vehicle without a license.

The prosecution also referred the owner of the aforementioned car to the competent misdemeanor court as punishment for enabling the other defendants.

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