Mubarak trial over killing protesters adjourned to August 3
former President Hosni Mubarak during his trial - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court headed by Judge Mahmoud Kamel al- Rashidi adjourned Saturday 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 to August 3, Youm7 reported.

The aircraft carrying Mubarak arrived early this morning at the Police Academy where the court was set up to stand trial for the case known in media outlets as the “trial of the century.”

Mubarak attended Saturday’s session, lying on a hospital bed with signs of fatigue and exhaustion appearing on his face, Youm7 reported.

Farid al-Deeb, Mubarak’s lawyer exploited the method in which the Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda sit-ins were dispersed in the era of former President Adly Mansour to prove that it was the only method to disperse the Brotherhood’s protests during the era of Mubarak as well as to dismiss the charges against his client.

“Mubarak has suffered injustice for 3 years,” said Deeb who added that “Egypt was exposed to a major plot on the international and domestic level since the 2011 January 25 Revolution.”  Deeb emphasized that such a plot aims at creating chaos, disrupting public order and igniting sectarian strife in Egypt, Youm7 reported.

The Mubarak’s 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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