- March 17, 2014
First Post-Revolution Military Trial of Muslim Brotherhood Leaders Postponed to Monday March 24
The military Supreme Court in Qena (in the south of Egypt) postponed the first military trial of Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including Khaled Hamza (lead consultant for Ikhwanweb, the Muslim Brotherhood official website in English), to Monday, March 24.
According to a member of the defense team (who preferred to remain anonymous), the postponement is caused by the defense’s request to review case papers and have Brotherhood leaders examined by doctors to document clear evidence of torture.
"Khaled Hamza and his fellow detainees have been subjected to severe torture and violations since their arrest last February while trying to travel outside Egypt."
Civilian detainees in this military trial are: Adel Mostafa Qatamish, former deputy governor of northern Sinai; Ali Ezzedin Thabit, member of the Muslim Brotherhood Shura Council and member of the Executive Office of the Freedom and Justice Party; Khaled Hamza, rights activist, founder of the Brotherhood’s Ikhwanweb and member of the Arab Commission for Human Rights; Zine El-Abdeen Mahmoud, a teacher in Al-Arish (in northern Sinai); Tariq Ismail Ahmed, Mechanical Engineer in Al-Arish, too.
This is the first military trial faced by Muslim Brotherhood leaders since the coup that illegally overthrew President Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2014 and since the ratification of the junta’s charter in mid-January 2014. It is the second such military trial for civilians after reporters of the Brotherhood-affiliated Rassd News Network were referred to a military court (supposedly for insulting the armed forces) in February 2014.