CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court, headed by Judge Mahmoud Kamel al-Rashidi, adjourned Thursday the trail of former President Hosni Mubarak, his sons Gamal and Alaa, and former Minister of Interior Habib al-Adly in the case of killing peaceful protesters in the January 25 Revolution to August 9, Youm7 reported.
The court listened to the prosecution representative, who commented on Mubarak’s lawyer Farid al-Deeb when he defended his client during the Tuesday trial: “Deeb tended to attack the prosecution and claimed that [Mubarak] was badly treated to win the public’s sympathy. Unfortunately, [Deeb] was manipulating the truth.”
The prosecution made clear that they committed to the law in all decisions concerning Mubarak and there should be no reason for them to be accused of any illegality, Youm7 reported. “Farid al-Deeb was manipulative to defend his client; his accusations were far from the truth and did not absolve the defendant.”
Mubarak appeared to be exhausted during the trail and was transferred to the hospital according to the judge’s orders after claiming he felt ill, Youm7 reported. Mubarak suffered severe drop in blood pressure.
Deeb requested the judges for Mubarak not to attend the upcoming trails because of his health condition, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported Thursday.
All four defendants were sentenced for life for the same charges in January 2012 but their lawyers appealed the sentence 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.