‘Trial of the Century’ postponed to Tuesday

Daily News Egypt
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Ousted president Hosni Mubarak (AFP File Photo)
Ousted president Hosni Mubarak (AFP FILE PHOTO)
Ousted president Hosni Mubarak

The trial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, his two sons, former Minister of Interior Habib Al-Adly, and six aides was postponed by Cairo Criminal Court on Saturday to Tuesday 25 March.

The defence is being tried for inciting to, agreeing to, and aiding the killing protesters during the 25 January Revolution in 2011, and attended trial on Saturday at the Police Academy in New Cairo. The prominent former regime figures are also being charged with “spreading chaos in the country” and “creating a security vacuum” in it, according to state-owned Al-Ahram.

Mubarak is also charged with wasting public funds and the illegal export of oil. Last month former Director of Military Police Hamdy Badeen, who has since been appointed as Egypt’s military attaché to the embassy in China, testified as a witness in the case. Other witnesses for the case have included former Minister of Defence Mohamed Hussein Tantawi and prominent writer and journalist Ibrahim Eissa.

Last month, public prosecution announced that Mubarak would stand trial with his two sons, Gamal and Alaa, on embezzlement charges. Prosecution alleged that the three Mubaraks had embezzled EGP 125m ($18m) earmarked for presidential palaces.

Also last month the Cairo Court of Cassation sentenced Al-Adly to three years in prison along his assistant for security forces Hassan Abdel Hamid after they were found guilty of using Central Security Forces conscripts to work at Al-Adly’s farmhouse in the Giza suburb of 6 October and serve the former minister and his family.


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