Mubarak trial over killing of protesters adjourned to Saturday
former President Hosni Mubarak - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court adjourned Tuesday the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak, his two sons Gamal and Alaa, former Minister of Interior Habib al-Adly and six of his aides.

Mubarak and his sons appeared in the trial cage wearing blue suits after being sentenced to three years in prison over embezzling 125 million EGP ($17 million) from the public fund for private interests.

During the session, the defense lawyer of former Cairo Security Director Ismail El-Shaer said that killings during the January 25 Revolution and at the Guidance Office and Ithadeya presidential palace were all performed in a similar manner.

Also, the defense lawyer asserted that statements from Major General Hassan Abdel Hamid, Deputy Interior Minister for Training and a witness in the case, may differ entirely from that of Adly because of an ongoing rift between the two.

He pleaded the court dismiss the charges against his client and that it was actually the absence of police on the 2011 “Friday of Anger” on Jan. 28 that caused deaths and injuries.

The Mubaraks and accused business tycoon Hussein Salem also face charges in separate trials of being involved in financial corruption, misusing presidential power for personal gains and exporting natural gas to Israel at below market prices.

The defendants first appeared in court in August 2011 and 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.

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