Trial of Former Egyptian President Mubarak Resumes in Cairo
The trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on charges that include conspiring to kill some of the protesters who ended his rule resumed today after a three-month break, state media reported.
State television showed a helicopter carrying Mubarak, 83, to the police academy in Cairo that houses the makeshift court where he is being tried. In previous sessions, Mubarak appeared in court on a gurney.
Mubarak’s trial began on Aug. 3 after pressure from demonstrators demanding a swift and public prosecution of the man they blame for corruption, political repression and police abuses. At least 846 people were killed during the anti-Mubarak revolt which started in January. He has pleaded not guilty.
The court has heard testimony from prosecution witnesses and, in closed sessions, from current and former officials, including the head of the ruling military council, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi and former Vice President Omar Suleiman. Some Egyptians have said they hoped the officials’ testimony may shed light on Mubarak’s actions during the uprising and what orders he may have given for dealing with demonstrators.
The trial had been postponed until a court decision on a request to change the judge trying Mubarak. Earlier this month a court ruled that Judge Ahmed Refaat should stay on the case and fined the lawyer who brought the case.
Mubarak’s two sons, Alaa and Gamal, who are facing corruption charges, and former Interior Minister Habib el-Adli and six of his aides are also on trial alongside the former president.
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