Bombing attempt targets top Egyptian Judge’s house

An Egyptian judge of the Muslim Brotherhood case escapes a bombing attempt on his house

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Unknown assailants attempted to bomb the house of top Judge Mutaz Khafagi, who is most known for sentencing Muslim Brotherhood members to death after the military overthrow of the first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi.

Judge Mutaz Khafagi, who had sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie to life in prison, was not hurt although he was on the first-floor of the building in Cairo, Egypt.

One of the bomb plotters was caught in the act while the other escaped and remotely detonated the bombs after a considerable number of people gathered outside the house, an official told NDTV.

"The explosions damaged the facade of the judge's home and broke the windows of three cars parked outside, including the judge's car," the officer said.

“One of the four wounded civilians was taken to hospital with a neck injury and the others sustained minor wounds,” a health ministry official announced.

The attackers said that their actions were in retaliation for "the government crackdown targeting Morsi supporters" that has left hundreds dead and thousands jailed.

No information has yet been released regarding the affiliation of the assailants.

Khafagi was behind the controversial and internationally condemned decision that convicted Badie and 12 other men to death for murdering a police general in the Kerdasa town of Cairo during a protest carried by Morsi supporters in 2013.

The much criticized court decision failed to acknowledge that Muslim Brotherhood members had been attacked by supporters of former president Hosni Mubarak and that seven Muslim Brotherhood members were killed as three supporters of Mubarak died in the ensuing confrontation.

Muhammad Morsi was overthrown by a military coup led by now president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on July 3, 2013.

Not long after the announcement was made, Morsi stated that the Egyptian military's measures "represent a full coup categorically rejected by all the freemen of our nation" via his Twitter page.

Additionally, just hours after the announcement, Morsi was placed under house arrest, confined at the Republican guard headquarters, while the military suspended the country's constitution and ordered new elections.

Morsi's removal from power led to unrest across Egypt with clashes taking place between his sympathizers and army supporters.

TRTWorld and agencies