CAIRO: Cairo Criminal Court adjourned the retrial of ousted President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday, along with his two sons Gamal and Alaa, former Minister of Interior Habib al-Adly and six security aides, until April 8, Youm7 reported.
They are charged with complicity in the killing of peaceful demonstrators during the January 25 Revolution, igniting chaos, and causing a rift in the safety and security of the country.
Adly’s lawyer Mohamed el-Gendy cited the previous testimonies of former Director of Egyptian Intelligence Omar Sulieman, former Minister of Defense Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi and the current Director of the Egyptian Intelligence, stating that the number of demonstrators exceeded everybody’s expectations, and that the police forces were severely attacked, according to Al-Badil website.
“In his earlier testimony, Suleiman said that the police forces were attacked and had to call for the help of the Armed Forces, a fact that was confirmed by the then Director of the Egyptian Intelligence Major General Mourad Mowafi and Field Marshal Tantawi,” Gendy added.
He also accused the April 6 Youth Movement of ‘destabilizing’ Egypt’s national security, according to Al-Ahram.
Gendy further cited an earlier testimony of former head of National Security Apparatus (NSA), Major General Mostafa Abdel Nabi, confirming that the NSA has records of ‘foreign authorities’ funding the April 6 and Kefaya Movements in order to “destabilize Egyptian security.”
Gendy moreover repeated his request to the court to summon Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who was head of Military Intelligence during the January 25 Revolution, for testimony regarding the surveillance cameras installed by the Military Intelligence at the Egyptian Museum and other buildings overlooking Tahrir Square, according to Al-Dostour news.
The trial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his Interior Minister Habib al-Adly began in August 2011. In January 2012, they received life sentences, on charges of being politically responsible for the killing of peaceful protesters during the 18 days that led to Mubarak’s ouster.
However, the prosecution and defense lawyers appealed the sentence, and on January 2013 the Court of Cassation accepted the appeal and ordered the case back to the Cairo Criminal Court for a retrial that began in May 2013.