Verdict session of Mubarak trial to be announced today

MENA, Wednesday 22 Feb 2012

Judge to announce verdict date in trial of Egypt's ousted president; former interior minister Habib El-Adly and Mubarak's sons expected to address court, claim media reports

Ousted president Hosni Mubarak on a stretcher being wheeled into courtroom in January (Photo: Reuters)

The 6-month long trial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak reaches its final day on Wednesday. 

The date of the verdict is expected to be announced in the Wednesday session, as declared by court judge Ahmed Refaat during an earlier hearing last week.

Al-Akhbar state newspaper stated that former interior minister Habib El-Adly, who together with Mubarak faces charges of ordering the killing of peaceful protesters during the uprising, will address the court in a closing speech.

According to media reports, El-Adly will give a detailed account about the "truth" concerning meetings between Mubarak, former vice president Omar Suleiman and party representatives prior to the uprising, as well as what happened on 25 and 28 January.

Al-Akhbar also said that Mubarak's sons, who are on trial for corruption charges, will each address the court in closing speeches "for the sake of history" about their father's "achievements."

Defence lawyers will submit their final written statements before judge Refaat closes Wednesday's session and specifies the date of the verdict.

Mubarak's trial began its processions last August following the January 25 Revolution which led to his ouster on 11 February.

Translated from Arabic by Ahram Online

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