Egypt’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a group of citizens who claim they were unjustly convicted for killing a baby boy.
The Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the family of the boy, who was just five months old when he was killed, had the right to appeal against the conviction, and that a verdict should be handed down within three months.
The court’s decision was issued after a lengthy hearing in which the relatives of the baby were represented by lawyers.
They were represented from the same courtroom as the court’s three other judges, who were all members of the Egyptian Bar Association.
The baby’s father was initially charged with murder, but after a review of his case, the court decided that he had committed no crime, and his trial should be halted.
The verdict has left Egypt in a legal quandary, with the court deciding on whether it should send the case to trial or hand it over to a military court.
Egypt is in the middle of a wave of protests and demonstrations over the government’s alleged human rights violations, with several people killed and thousands of people arrested.
The boy’s death came amid a wave to punish critics of the military-backed government, who are accused of crimes against humanity and of attempting to topple the country from within.
The family of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former president who succeeded al-Gabbas in 2014, has filed a petition for the retrial, which will now be heard by a military panel.
The families lawyers argued that the prosecution failed to provide the family with adequate evidence, including video footage of the attack and a doctor’s report, and failed to prove that the boy’s killing was justified by the facts of the case.
Egypt has been on high alert since an al-Qaeda-linked militant group claimed responsibility for the attack on the Egyptian Embassy in Libya last month.
The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning to citizens of Egypt following the death of the child.
“It is a reminder that attacks targeting civilians are unacceptable and must be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted,” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a statement.