Military court adjourns Qursaya clashes trial to 5 December

A military tribunal on Tuesday adjourned the trial of 25 residents of Qursaya Island who are charged with assaulting Armed Forces personnel and encroaching on their property  to 5 December.

Ibrahim Radwan, a defense lawyer, said the Military Prosecution submitted a copy of a document granting the Armed Forces the right to use any land needed to establish security in the country.

Alaa Farouq, a lawyer for the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, said the military court has agreed to admit two of the defendants, namely Maher Youssef and Mahmoud Shabaan, to the prison hospital due to injuries they sustained during clashes after military forces attempted to evict Qursaya residents from their homes.

The clashes on the Giza Island led to the death of one citizen. The military tribunal charged 25 residents with incitement against, and resistance to, army forces.

Representatives of four civil society organizations attended the previous court session.

Meanwhile, Ahmed Mohamed Ali, a spokesperson for the Armed Forces, said the island is a possession of the Armed Forces and added that the Armed Forces will firmly address violations of the law and curb “thuggery” at any cost.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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