The details of Shawkan's 25th February hearing and the jangle between the court panel and the defense
February 25th, 2017


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The 28th Criminal Cairo Circuit, held in the institution of the police officers in Tura by the judge Hassan Faried, decided the postponement for hearing the witnesses of prosecution and presenting the CDs attached at the case that " Mahmoud Abuzied Shawkan", a press photographer in "Demotex" agency, is involved in, to the upcoming hearing that is scheduled 21st March. this case is numbered 43150 for year 2015 and recorded with the number 2985 for year 2015 total east Cairo, that is known by "the dispersal of Rabaa sit-in".

Today, 25th February 2017, the hearing started at 11:30 am with the defense of some of the accused submitting videos to be presented with the videos attached to the case in the next hearing before hearing the witnesses of the prosecution, but the court panel decided to send them to the technical committee to write their content, and assign the next hearing to the hearing of the witnesses.

The defense team insisted to present the videos in a public hearing before the report of the technical committee mandated by the Radio and Television union, while the judge refused their request and said "we will be informed of its content by the written report of the technical committee ", this make the defense leave and withdraw the hearing.

From the other side, the accused behind the dock started to shout against the court panel after their defense withdrew, this disabled the hearing, so the court decided a year imprisonment with labor for all the accused except for Shawkan and another 20, for breaching the hearing's order.

The court panel decided to refer the defense team withdrew to a disciplinary court and assign another 5 lawyers by the journalists syndicate side to defend the accused.

One of the lawyers illustrated that they had been handed 24 CDs only and this is not typical with the main number of CDs which is 57 CDs, the judge answered that the exhibits were with the court since they had been attached to the case and 26 CDs are excluded because they aren’t related to the case and 7 CDs had been damaged.

The judge "Hassan Faried" decided to expel the families of the accused from the courtroom because they breached the hearing's order, and they were prevented from visiting them.

In another contest, the representative of the public prosecution said in today's hearing that Shawkan had medical examination but the medical report didn't arrive yet and they are going to bring it the next hearing.

The most outstanding accused in this case are leaders of the brotherhood association including Mohamed Badiee ,the general guide, besides "Osama" the son of the former president "Mohamed Morsi".

The security troops had arrested Shawkan while photographing the dispersal of Rabaa sit-in in August 2013, the he was remanded in preventive custody with the accusation of belonging to the Muslim brotherhood association and joining an armed sit-in.