Egypt adjourns trial of 269 charged with 2011 violence

By Amer Hassan, Wednesday, April 09, 2014

An Egyptian court on Wednesday adjourned until April 22

An Egyptian court on Wednesday adjourned until April 22

CAIRO – An Egyptian court on Wednesday adjourned until April 22 the trial of 269 people – including prominent activist Ahmed Douma – accused of having committed arson and assault in late 2011, a judicial source said.

Defendants are charged with burning down a centuries-old library in downtown Cairo, assaulting police and attacking Egypt's cabinet building in December of 2011.

The violence, known as "the Cabinet incidents," erupted when police stationed outside Egyptian cabinet headquarters assaulted a protester.

The protester, along with several others, had been staging a sit-in against the appointment of Kamal al-Ganzouri to the premiership by Egypt's then-ruling Supreme Military Council.

Around 15 people were killed and hundreds injured in the ensuing violence.

The Institut d'Egypte, a building founded at the time of the French military campaign in Egypt (1798-1801) and which contained tens of thousands of rare manuscripts, was burnt down in the violence.

Douma, along with two other prominent activists, is already serving out a three-year jail term for staging an "unlicensed" protest in downtown Cairo last November.

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