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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Egypt’s ex-President Hosni Mubarak and accused Muslim Brotherhood’s leaders are to stand trials on Sunday

Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak
Egypt’s ex-President Hosni Mubarak ousted in 2011 after 18-days uprising is expected to attend the hearings of his retrial on Sunday, 25 August.

Hosni Mubarak was accused of failing to prevent the killing of the peaceful demonstrators during January 25 Revolution in 2011 along with his ex Interior Minister Habib El-Adly and six his aides and received life in prison sentence. Though later he was granted the retrial due to some new evidences and information in the case and also due to the irregularities during the first trial.

It’s worth mentioning also that Hosni Mubarak was released from the prison this week after the Court’s decision as he spent the maximum term in detention for the defendant pending investigation. Egypt’s ex-President though remains under the house arrest according to the order issued by Egypt’s interim Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawy, and his mane stands also in the travel ban lists. Hosni Mubarak was transferred recently from the Cairo’s Tora Prison to Maadi Military Hospital.

Mohamed Badie, Muslim Brotherhood's Supreme Guide
On Sunday, 25 August, Egypt’s ex-President is expected to appear in court for the hearing in the retrial in the case of killing the peaceful protesters. Hosni Mubarak risks facing even death penalty if convicted, the same about his co-defendants. The court session is planned to be held in Cairo’s Police Academy.

In addition to that Hosni Mubarak is still facing several corruption charges.

Several Muslim Brotherhood’s leaders including Muslim Brotehrhood’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and his deputies Khairat El-Shater and Rashad Bayoumi are also expected to appear in the court for the first hearing in their cases. They are accused of inciting violence and killing and torture of the protesters during the recent events in Egypt, since Islamist backed President Mohamed Morsy was ousted by the military decree on 3 July.

Khairat El-Shater, deputy of MB Supreme Guide
Along with the Muslim Brotherhood’s leaders several other high ranking members of the Islamist group are expected to face trial on Sunday.

Egypt’s security forces and police have reported they have arrested nearly 2000 Muslim Brotherhood’s members since 14 August 2013, when the violent clashes erupted in Egypt after the dispersal of the main pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo.

The both trials for Hosni Mubarak and for Muslim Brotherhood’s leaders as well will be held in different places. They will be held amid the relatively calm situation in Egypt during the latest days, with the lower turnout of Islamist supporters’ protests and violence.