Trial of Policeman Accused of Killing 4 Israelis, Wounding 27
SUEZ, Egypt (AP) _ A military court today delayed for a week the court-martial of a policeman accused of fatally shooting four Israelis near Egypt’s border with the Jewish state.
The three-judge court opened proceedings today, but gave lawyers an extra week to prepare a defense for Ayman Mohammed Hassan.
Brig. Mohammed Wagdi el-Leithy, the court’s president, ordered Hassan held without bail until the proceedings resume Dec. 29.
Hassan, 23, appeared relaxed and cheerful. He was flanked by two military policemen.
During a recess, military police kissed him on the cheeks and gave him cigarettes and tea. One officer, armed with an automatic rifle and standing behind the judges’ table, shouted to colleagues guarding Hassan to give the defendant his regards.
He is being tried at 3rd Army headquarters, 10 miles west of Suez. The city is at the southern end of the Suez Canal, 85 miles east of Cairo.
Hassan was charged with four counts of premeditated murder for the shootings Nov. 25 that killed four Israelis and wounded 27.
In arguing for a postponement, his attorneys said they needed more time to study documents in the case.
Cairo newspapers have reported that Hassan confessed to investigators that he had shot up the Israeli vehicles. He said he had acted alone, the reports said.