Mubarak trial over killing protesters adjourned to April 7
Hosni Mubarak during his trial - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Egypt’s Court of Cassation decided Thursday to adjourn the final trial of former President Hosni Mubarak’s for killing protesters to April 7 due to Mubarak’s absence, Youm7 reported.

The trial session was adjourned as Mubarak did not attend it due to health reasons; Ministry of Interior’s Prison Sector has filed the court a report on Mubarak’s health as he had undergone a surgery.

According to the report, Mubarak suffers kidney failure and high blood pressure.

The Cairo Security Directorate head has officially requested the court panel to allocate an “appropriate place for the trial” to easily secure the trial as securing the High Judiciary Court, where the trial was held, is difficult.

On Nov. 29, 2014, Mubarak and his former minister of Interior Habib al-Adly were acquitted of killing peaceful protesters in January 2011 uprising; however General Prosecution appealed against the acquittal which later was overturned the Court of Cassation In June; the court set Nov. 5, 2015 for the first session of final retrial.

On Nov. 5, the court adjourned the hearing session to Jan. 2; it was reported that heavy rains and unseasonably cool temperatures have caused delays around Cairo on November 5.

The former president, along with his two sons Gamal and Alaa, and Egyptian business tycoon Salem were acquitted of wasting public funds by exporting gas to Israel at a below-market price Nov. 29; challenge against acquittal ruling of public funds was rejected in June.

On Jan. 9, the Court of Cassation rejected the appeal presented by lawyer of former President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons against jail sentences handed to them earlier in a case publicly known as “presidential palaces.” In May, Mubarak received a three-year rigorous imprisonment sentence and his sons, Alaa and Gamal, four-year sentence each. Both Mubarak and his sons appealed against the court ruling.

The defendants were charged of seizing public funds worth 125 million EGP ($16.38 million,) which had been allocated to the upkeep of the presidential residences between 2002 and 2011.

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