The South Cairo Criminal Court adjourned on Sunday the retrial of Central Security Forces officer Yassin Salah, who is accused of killing activist Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh, known as the “martyr of roses”, to 22 December to examine further evidence.
Al-Sabbagh was killed in 2015while peacefully protesting on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the 25 January Revolution. She was participating in a march that was organised by her party, the Socialist Popular Alliance party (SPAP). The march took off from Talaat Harb and walked towards Tahrir Square to commemorate the martyrs of the 25 January Revolution. However, Central Security Forces shot her dead and arrested many of the peaceful protestors.
Security forces at first denied using force against protestors; however, as the details of the case started to unfold, Salah was proved guilty and was sentenced on 11 June 2015 to serve a strict 15-year prison term.
Salah appealed the verdict and in February he was granted a retrial, despite footage handed to the prosecution by journalists to be used against Salah.