The home of an Egyptian judge has been bombed by terrorists as the trial of former Egyptian president Mohammed Mursi is taking place. While this particular judge is not presiding over Mursi’s trial, he made a ruling when Mursi was president that arguably set the stage for the current proceedings.
According to a report by All Africa:
A bomb exploded on Thursday damaging the house of the judge presiding over the “prison break” trial in which ousted president Mohamed Mursi is a defendant, security sources and eyewitnesses said.
The eyewitnesses told Aswat Masriya that in the early hours of Thursday, unidentified assailants in a car threw the explosive device at Judge Khaled Mahgoub’s house, located in Helwan, south of Cairo.
There were no casualties but the blast smashed the windows of the house and partially damaged the walls.
Mursi is being tried alongside 130 others for allegedly escaping from the Wadi al-Natroun prison during the 2011 uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.
The defendants are charged with murder and attempted murder of policemen, torching government buildings, breaking into prison and helping prisoners escape. Some of the defendants, including members of Hamas and Hezbollah, are being tried in absentia.
At first blush, it may seem like there is no connection between the trial and the bombing because Mahgoub is not presiding over Mursi’s trial. However, in an article published by Shoebat.com last year, Mahgoub presided over a trial involving a separate defendant in the same prison break Mursi was involved in. While he acquitted that particular defendant, Mahgoub ordered the prosecutor to charge Mursi, which helped set the wheels in motion for the trial that is taking place now.
That would seem to give the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt motive to target Mahgoub.