Cairo - Five rights activists are on trial in Egypt over the
torching of the campaign headquarters of a front-runner in the country's 2012
A court official says the proceedings opened on Thursday at
the Criminal Court in Cairo but were later postponed to September 3. The
official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to talk
to the media.
Alaa Abdel-Fatah, a well-known blogger who was among the
youth leaders in the 2011 uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak,
is among the five on trial.
They have been charged with arson in the attack on Ahmed
Shafiq's campaign headquarters.
Shafiq, who lost the race to Mohammed Morsi, withdrew his
initial complaint over the arson but the prosecutor general still went ahead
with the case.