Trial of Century: 22,200 innocent prisoners set free during Adly’s term
Former President Hosni Mubarak And His Two Sons Gamal And Alaa During The Trial - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court, headed by Mahmoud Kamel al-Roshedi, decided Saturday to adjourn the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak, his sons Gamal and Alaa, and former Minister of Interior Habib al-Adly to Aug. 10 to hear the plea of Adly’s former first assistant and director of the Public Security Bureau Adly Mostafa Fayed.

The four defendants are being tried in the case of killing peaceful protesters in the January 25 Revolution in 2011.

During the trial, Adly cited what he has done during his term and his “accomplishments” since he was assigned as Minister of Interior since November 17, 1997.

“What happened on Jan. 25 is an external conspiracy, a scheme with strategic aims targeting not only Egypt but the Arab world under the so-called Arab spring,” Adly said during the trial and that he was planning to step down from position of minister after Jan. 25.

Adly said there were 23,000 prisoners before he was Minister of Interior but that he released many of the innocent victims that at the peak of his career there were only 800 prisoners left. He said the ministry knew all the Muslim Brotherhood’s activities and they were under control.

He said the U.S. trained the youth of the April 6 Movement and Muslim Brotherhood to organize protests against the regime.

Adly claimed some organizations were trained to combat the government in Egypt and he did not order police forces to withdraw during the January 25 Revolution. According to the current Minister of Interior’s testimony, the ministry does “not have snipers.”

Adly denied receiving any orders to kill the protesters on Jan. 25, Youm7 reported.

He said on Jan. 28, 2011, 30 vehicles full of “foreigners and Bedouins” sought to break into about 26 prisons and that about 23,710 prisoners escaped with the help of the Muslim Brotherhood and other criminal elements.

During the last trial on Aug. 7, the court listened to the prosecution representative. Mubarak appeared to be exhausted during the trail and was transferred to the hospital.

Mubarak did not attend the court session on Saturday due to his bad health condition after his lawyer Faird al-Deeb requested the judges for him not to attend Saturday’s trial because of his health, al-Masry al-Youm reported Thursday.

The court received a health report of Mubarak’s condition, proving that he suffered a stroke and a hip fracture, Youm7 reported.

All four defendants were sentenced for life for the same charges in January 2012 but their lawyers appealed the sentence in January 2013.

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