Egyptian court rejects recusal request in Morsi trials; Al Jazeera journalist on hunger strike

Egyptian students, supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, flash the four finger symbol known as “Rabaa,” meaning four in Arabic, which is associated with those killed in the crackdown on the Rabaa al-Adawiya protest camp in Cairo last year, as they demonstrate outside Cairo University

The Cairo Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected a request to recuse the judges in two cases involving ousted president Mohamed Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders on charges involving espionage and breaking out of the Wadi El-Natroun jail, ANSA was told by sources from the judiciary.

The appeal court on Wednesday sentenced 18 Morsi supporters to between three and seven years in jail for taking part in an unauthorized protest in the northern Cairo area of Shobra in July 2013.

The Al-Jazeera journalist Abdullah El-Shamy, who has been on a hunger strike for 78 days, is suffering rapidly deteriorating health conditions, said the reporter’s family on Wednesday.

The family launched an appeal to human rights organizations to intervene quickly to request his released. El-Shamy was arrested in mid-August while reporting on the dispersal of Cairo’s pro-Morsi Rabaa square sit-in.

Fresh clashes have broken out between student supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and the police in the Al-Azhar and Aim Shams universities in Cairo. Witnesses say that the police used tear gas to disperse the protests.