Military Trial For MB Leaders Adjourned Till June 3rd
Under heavy secrecy and in absence of the media and defense lawyers, a military judge ordered today the case of 33 MB leaders to be adjourned till June 3rd. Security was tightened inside and around the court complex in the Hykstep area, 50 Km east of
Defense lawyers boycotted the court session protesting the failure of the court to inform them of the trial date and time. Abdel Moneum Abdel Maksoud, lead attorney for the defense, stated that they found out yesterday about today”s court session through their clients” family members who just happened to bring them food when prison officials told them not to show up the next day because the defendants will be in court!
Zahra el Shater, one of the family members, complained to Ikhwanweb of the bad treatment by court guards and State Security officers who were present throughout the court procedure although the case is now under military jurisdiction. Zahra added that family members were not allowed inside the court room till 1:00 PM although they showed up at 8:00 AM and court was in session since 9:00 AM.
The military trials for the 33 reformists began today despite two prior court rulings acquitting them of all charges of money laundry and terrorism brought against them by the government. The first ruling came in January which was then followed by President Mubarak”s decision using his authority as military ruler under emergency law to refer them to military tribunals. The government appealed the civilian court ruling but was rejected on April 25th which prompted the government to proceed with the military trials in order to circumvent the court order to immediately release all 33 defendants.
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The government actions were widely criticized by human rights organizations in