Court of Cassation has rejected a request submitted by the defense lawyers for the urgent release of the opposition figures, including Waad’s Secretary General Mr. Ebrahim Sharif. The case was adjourned for judgment on 7 January, 2013. Attorneys Sami Seyadi and Hameed Al Mullah expect the verdicts which were confirmed by the Court of Appeal to be amended in the upcoming hearing in accordance with the written statement submitted by the defense team.
In a press conference held by the defense team, Seyadi stated that the Court of Cassation has on 30 April, 2012 ruled in favour of the defendants, referring the case back to the Court of Appeal for reconsideration due to lack of material evidence for establishing the charges of overthrowing the regime. The case was essentially undermined by the inexistence of any attempt to overthrow the regime by force.
He added that the Court of Appeal was marred by multiple deficiencies and had contravened accepted legal norms by hearing witnesses secretly in the consultation room, all of which eventually led to the withdrawal of the lawyers from the case in objection.
Lawyer Al Mulla added that the defense team continued to pursue its case before the Court of Cassation. The team considers this an opportunity to expose the errors that have occurred in the appeals process before the judges, particularly seeing as this is a court solely considering matters of law. Being a court of last resort, its ruling is immediately enforceable and could not be subject to further reviews.
Al Mulla added that the defense team was represented in court today by lawyers Mohammed Ahmed and Jalila Al Sayed. The visiting delegation from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was also present.
Seyadi further requested that the Public Prosecution be a neutral party in the proceedings as opposed to being a rival. He also demanded that the charges relating to freedom of expression and assembly are struck off in the same manner as in the Medics’ Case, seeing as these rights are guaranteed and protected by local and international standards.