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Court resumes trial of 215 defendants over “Helwan Brigades” case

Wednesday 12/December/2018 - 10:51 AM
Sada El Balad
Sada ElBalad: Basant Ahmed
Cairo Criminal Court resumes on Wednesday the trial of 215 alleged members of the Cairo-based militant group the Helwan Brigades.

The defendants are accused of forming a militant group to carry out hostile operations against the police and sabotage electric facilities، including electricity pylons.

They were also involved in targeting police forces during Al Azhar University clashes، which left three conscripts killed and 12 others injured and damaged a police vehicle.

The Helwan Brigades are a relatively little-known militant group in Egypt. In late 2014، some members of the group appeared in a video holding firearms and threatening security forces and “the interior ministry in South Cairo” with violence، adding that they were “fed up with the Muslim Brotherhood’s peacefulness”.

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