Mubarak trial adjourned to Aug. 13; former president to address court
Former president Hosni Mubarak - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court adjourned Monday the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak, his two sons Gamal and Alaa Mubarak, former Minister of Interior Habib al-Adly and six of his deputies, in addition to fugitive businessman Helmy Salem, to Aug. 13, Youm7 reported.

The defendants are facing charges of inciting the murder of demonstrators during the January 25 Revolution and spreading chaos.

The trial was postponed to continue hearing defense testimony.

The Mubaraks and Salem are also accused of being involved in financial corruption, misusing presidential power to gain money and exporting natural gas to Israel at below market prices.

All four defendants were sentenced to life in prison 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.

Hosni Mubarak, 86, did not attend Monday’s session, citing illness for the third time. His son Alaa said during the session that his father was unable to attend because the elder Mubarak underwent surgery, but he would attend next time. Alaa added that his father insisted on speaking in the next session.

Meanwhile, the presiding judge said he was notified Monday that the former president’s health condition is stable now, and that he could attend Wednesday’s session.

Monday the court heard the testimonies of Ahmed Ramzy, the former deputy interior minister for riot forces, Osama el-Marasy, the former manager of the Giza Security Directorate and Ismail el-Shaer, the former director of the Cairo Security Directorate, who did not speak, but was represented by his attorney.

Shaer’s attorney accused demonstrators during the January 25 Revolution of stealing 23,000 weapons and setting fire to armored trucks with soldiers inside. He also denied his client was responsible for the deaths of protesters.

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