Cairo Criminal Court - CC
CAIRO, Jan 26 (MENA) - The Cairo Criminal Court on Saturday put off till February 2 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 charges against the defendants include a failed assassination attempt against former interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim, the murder of several 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 remained in office.
The 54 terrorist crimes in which the defendants are implicated in left 42 policemen and 15 civilians dead and 349 others wounded.