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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Egypt: Hosni Mubarak’s trial adjourned till 19 October

Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak during the court
(Image: BBC)
Cairo Criminal Court has declared during its Saturday’s session that the trial of Egypt’s ousted President Hosni Mubarak, his two sons Gamal and Alaa, former Interior Minister Habib El-Adly and six aides to be adjourned till 19 October 2013.

The Court has also announced the dates of the planned court sessions to listen to the testimonies of the defendants and the witnesses, among them Atef Ebeid, who was Prime Minister under Hosni Mubarak, Major General Hassan El-Roweiny, former member of SCAF, Agmed Gamal El-Deen, former Interior Minister, Sherif Ismail, who is currently Petroleum Minister. The sessions are expected to be held on 19, 20, 21 October and won’t be aired on TV due to the national security reasons.

This session will be the seventh in the retrial of Egypt’s ex-President Hosni Mubarak and his co-defendants.

The initial trial of Hosni Mubarak, his Interior Minister Habib El-Adly and six aides and also of two Mubarak’s sons, Gamal and Alaa, has begun in August 2011. Hosni Mubarak, Habib El-Adly and six high ranking officials are accused of political responsibility for the killings and injuring of hundreds of peaceful protesters and failing to protect them during January 25 Revolution in 2011. Hosni Mubarak and Habib El-Adly have received life in prison sentences in this court case.

In addition to that Hosni Mubarak is also facing the charges of corruption and squandering of the state’s funds. He is also accused of signing the deals selling Egyptian natural gas to Israel for the below market prices. His sons, Gamal and Alaa, are also facing the corruption charges with Hosni Mubarak.

Meanwhile dozens of Mubarak’s supporters have gathered on Saturday in front of Police Academy in Maadi, where the court sessions are being held. The security measures were tightened with the Armed Forces and police troops guarding the area and the neighboring streets. Hosni Mubarak has arrived to the Academy with the helicopter, as during the previous sessions.