CAIRO: Cairo Criminal Court adjourned Saturday the trial of Hosni Mubarak, his two sons, and former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly to Sunday.
Mubarak, 85-years-old, and his sons Alaa and Gamal appeared in the cage wearing blue suits after receiving three years in jail on charges of embezzling 125 million EGP ($ 17 million) from the public fund for private interests.
Mubarak, his sons, and businessman Hussein Salem are also accused of being involved in misusing presidential power to gain money and exporting natural gas to Israel at below market prices.
The trial held at the police academy while the police intensified their presence outside the court. Meanwhile, Mubarak’s supporters assembled around the court raising his photos and demanding his innocence.
The court witnessed the entry of a doctor to the soundproof glass cage, where Mubarak and other defendants being held, to check on Mubarak’s health after he looked fatigued, Youm7 reported.
Mubarak cried at the beginning of the session.
One of the defense lawyers claimed that the public prosecution manipulated the records of the victims and the martyrs of the January 25 Revolution, saying that the number of victims did not exceed 45 people.
The lawyer added that the police had the right to disperse the demonstrations on Jan.25, saying, “There is no country in the world that allows demonstrations to block the road, suspend traffic and assault the freedom of others.”
The first trial of Mubarak and Adly began in August 2011, and they were sentenced to life in prison in January 2012. Defense lawyers appealed the sentence, and in 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.