New defense lawyer appointed in trial of Islamist in Egypt
A Cairo court on Saturday appointed a new defense lawyer for an Islamist on trial after his lawyer repeatedly failed to show up, a legal source said.
Mahmud al-Fuli, a member of the Jamaa Islamiya (Islamic Group) charged with belonging to "an illegal secret organization", is set to appear before the state security court on Monday.
Fuli was jailed back in January for five years by the same court for falsifying official documents. However, the court threw out a charge linking him to the murder of policeman Ali Sabet in the southern Assyut province in 1994, according to AFP.
Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak on May 23 ordered Fuli to be retried in connection with the murder before a different judge, arguing that the decision to throw out the charge was unjustified. Fuli's retrial opened on June 24. (Albawaba.com)
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