Christian Solidarity Worldwide USA
In their closing statement, the defense team, led by Mohaned Mustafa, challenged the prosecution’s evidence and asked the court to uphold the constitutional principles of a fair trial. They also drew attention to the irregular manner in which the pastors were arrested and held incommunicado, the manner in which their laptop computers and other electronic devices were confiscated and the procedures by which the prosecution built its case.
The pastors have been charged with at least six crimes, including undermining the constitutional system (Article 50); espionage (Article 53); promoting hatred amongst sects (Article 64); breach of public peace (Article 69); and offences relating to insulting religious beliefs (Article 125). Of the charges, Articles 50 and 53 carry the death penalty or life imprisonment in the event of a guilty verdict.
The next hearing is scheduled for Aug. 5 when the judge is expected to deliver his verdict and sentence, if he finds the pastors guilty...