FILE – The Cairo Criminal Court
CAIRO, Dec 8 (MENA) - The Cairo Criminal Court Saturday Dec. 8 adjourned till Dec. 15 the trial of 213 defendants of "Ansar Beit El Maqdis" militant group for being involved in 54 terrorist crimes against Egyptian police troops and security premises.
The decision came to continue hearing the witnesses' testimonies.
The crimes committed by the defendants include a failed assassination attempt against former interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim, the murder of a number of police officers and setting fire to security facilities, including the security directorates of Cairo, Dakahlia and South Sinai.
Investigations revealed that the defendants were trained in the camps of Ezzel Din el Qassam, the military wing of Palestinian movement Hamas and that they plotted to target ships transiting the Suez Canal.
They also face charges of joining a terrorist group aiming at disrupting national security, collaborating with a foreign organization represented in Hamas to sabotage State institutions, illegal possession of arms and ammunition and premeditated murder.
Investigations also showed that ousted president Mohamed Morsi was in contact with the militant group leaderships while he was in power, when they agreed that Hamas would not carry out any terrorist attacks as long as he was in office.
The 54 terrorist crimes the defendants are implicated in had left 42 policemen and 15 civilians dead and 349 others wounded.
Ansar Beit El Maqdis has claimed responsibility for most of the major attacks against security forces and their installations, with the deadliest assaults taking place in Sinai.
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