Victims' families and Egyptian journalists banned from Mubarak trials

Ahram Online, Tuesday 2 Aug 2011

Human rights organisation condemns lack of transparency, as Egyptian journalists and martyrs' families are banned from the court

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An Egyptian man walks past tents and a banner that reads "People want the courts to try Mubarak" during a sit-in at Tahrir Square in Cairo.REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) has released a statement saying that the Cairo Court of Appeal has been “dubious and non-transparent” about the trials of former president Hosni Mubarak and his sons Alaa and Gamal. According to the statement, it seems that the families of the martyrs and their lawyers will not be allowed to attend the trials. In the absence of the stakeholders, namely the victims’ families, the seriousness of the trial becomes doubtful, added the statement.

The ANHRI said that it had submitted papers to attend the trials, as it represents 16 of the families of victims, but was refused permission to attend by the Court of Appeal. 

Also, according to the state press centre, journalists and lawyers will not be allowed in court to attend the Mubarak trials. Only ten foreign media representatives will be allowed in court and the others will view the trial on a screen that will be set up outside court.

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