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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Egypt’s ex-President Mubarak retrial postponed

Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak during
the retrial

During the session on Saturday, 11 May 2013, presiding judge Mahmoud Kamel El-Rashidi has announced that the proceedings in the retrial of Egypt’s ex-President Hosni Mubarak will be postponed till the next month. The retrial is expected to be started at 8th of June.

The retrial of Mubarak’s Interior Minister Habib El-Adly and six his aides and also the retrial of Mubarak’s sons Gamal and Alaa were also postponed.

This decision was taken due to the new evidences and materials appeared in the case. There is reported to be some 55,000 pages of documentation for the judges to review, that’s why the retrial session was postponed.

Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s ousted President, and his Interior Minister Habib El-Adly along with other six aides have already faced the trial and have been convicted in June 2012 to life in prison accused of failing to prevent the killings of hundreds of unarmed protesters during January 25 Revolution. But later, in January 2013, the retrial was granted for Egypt’s ex-President, Habib El-Adly and other high ranking figures.

Hosni Mubarak along with his aides is facing the charges of failing to prevent the killing of the protesters, corruption charges and also accusations if the trade of natural gas to Israel at the below-market prices.

Mubarak’s sons Gamal and Alaa will also face retrial in the corruption charges.

The session on Saturday, 11 May, which was held at the Police Academy at New Cairo, was relatively calm. There have been less numbers of people gathering in front of the Academy, and police forces have also separated the supporters of Hosni Mubarak and the families of the protesters killed during the Revolution.

Egypt’s ex-President Hosni Mubarak who recently turned 85 is currently at Tora Prison, where he was transferred from the military hospital due to the order of Judge.