Martyrs' family lawyers submit a motion for the recusal of judges in Mubarak trial

Ahram Online, Saturday 24 Sep 2011

Court suspends trial sessions of Egypt's deposed president Mubarak until it rules on a recusal motion

Ahmed Refaat, the presiding judge in Mubarak's trial (Photo: Reuters)

Lawyers have submitted a motion for the judges presiding over the trial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, his sons, his interior minister and senior police officers to recuse themselves.

The Cairo Criminal Court hearing the case has, consequently, decided to suspend sessions until it rules on the motion on 26 September.

The motion came after several lawyers representing the martyrs' families were denied entry to the court on Saturday, as the hall was closed at 9am, and could not, in turn, question a critical witness, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, as he was giving his testimony.

Surprisingly, Saturday's court session, held in camera, was concluded within one hour. Lawyers, who have been ordered by the court to desist from giving any information on the Field Marshal's testimony, said however that presiding judge Ahmed Refaat had prevented them from cross examining Tantawi.

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