Controversial Judge Who Tried Ex-Egyptian President Survives Assassination Attempt… Photos

An Egyptian judge who tried former president Mohamed Mursi in 2015 survived an assassination attempt on Friday when a parked car exploded as his vehicle drove by, the Interior Ministry said. The target was Judge Ahmed Aboul Fotouh, who presides over a felony court in a district of Cairo. The blast caused no injuries, the ministry said in a statement.

Judges, policemen and other senior officials have increasingly been targeted by radical Islamists angered by the hefty prison sentences imposed on members of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. A newly-emerged militant group, the Hasam Movement, claimed responsibility for Friday’s bombing, which occurred in the eastern Cairo neighborhood of Nasr City. “The Hasam Movement’s central bombing squad targeted the regime’s dog and one of hell’s judges Ahmed Aboul Fotouh using a car bomb near his house,” the group said in a statement. “To every unjust judge you still have a chance to think it through and leave this dirty swamp that is unfairly referred to as the judiciary.” Aboul Fotouh was one of three judges on a panel that in April 2015 sentenced Mursi, also a senior official in the Brotherhood, to 20 years in jail after finding him guilty of inciting violence that led to the death of 10 people in clashes with security forces in December 2012.