CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court, headed by Judge Mahmoud Kamel al-Rashidi, 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 to Aug. 7.
The trial was adjourned until the court hears the general prosecution’s comments on the defendants’ allegations on the invalidity of the report of Mubarak’s abuse of power which had been submitted in May 12, 2011 by engineering expert Ismail Mahmoud to the Illicit Gains Authority, which general prosecution investigations had relied on.
Farid al-Deeb, Mubarak’s lawyer, also demanded during the session for Mubarak’s trial to be in front of a military court, saying that according to the law, armed forces officers are to be tried only in military trials in illegal gains cases even if the case is opened after they retire.
“In case military investigations found that the incident is not related to the military, it shall be transferred by the prosecution to the competent authority,” al-Deeb said, and therefore the “trial will be void and all procedures and reports shall be void as they were issued by a non-specialized authority.”
Lawyer Sheriff Jadallah, coordinator of the Revolutionary Lawyers’ movement, appealed against al-Deeb’s pleading and evidence which was presented to the court in the case of the killing of demonstrators, known in the media as “the trial of the century.”
The Mubarak’s and 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.