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Mubarak trial adjourned, former interior minister claims innocence

Lawyer for defence claims to have evidence proving El-Adly's innocence, demands that court hear testimony from army chief-of-staff

Ahram Online , Monday 23 Jan 2012
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Outside Mubarak's trial (Photo: Reuters)
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Cairo’s criminal court on Monday adjourned the ongoing trial of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak until Tuesday, when defence lawyers are expected to continue making their case for their clients’ innocence.

The court is also expected to hear from the lawyer of former interior minister Habib El-Adly, who, along with Mubarak, faces charges of killing unarmed protesters during last year’s 18-day uprising which left 846 protesters dead and around 11,000 injured.

The presiding judge on Monday reportedly asked the lawyer to bring CDs – which the lawyer says contain proof of El-Adly’s innocence – to Tuesday’s court session. According to the lawyer, the CDs in question contain footage showing the interior ministry’s Central Security Forces refraining from shooting anti-regime demonstrators.

The defence lawyer also requested that the court hear testimony from Army Chief-of-Staff General Sami Anan, intelligence head Major-General Murad Mowafi, and military-police commander Lieutenant-General Hamdy Badeen.

Lawyers for both the defence and prosecution have repeatedly called to hear Anan’s testimony. Anan has not yet been formally summoned by the court as a witness.

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