Former president Mubarak late to court again

Ahram Online, Thursday 5 Jan 2012

The ousted leader's helicopter is delayed for a second day running as the prosecution prepare to conclude their case on Thursday

Mubarak usually lies on a hospital stretcher during the proceedings (Photo: Reuters)

Ousted president Hosni Mubarak arrived late at the Police Academy to attend the 16th session of his ongoing trial. Citing weather conditions, Egypt’s former head of state was delayed for the second day in a row.

The fallen leader is transferred daily from the International Medical Centre by helicopter to the court in the New Cairo area.

All other suspects arrived early in the morning and were detained in a room outside the courtroom to wait for Mubarak’s arrival. In addition to Mubarak, several former heavyweights are being tried including former minister of interior Habib El-Adly and six of his assistants, who are accused of killing protesters during the early days of the January 25 Revolution. His sons Alaa and Gamal and fugitive businessman Hussein Salem are facing corruption charges.

The prosecution began its case on Monday and is expected to conclude on Thursday.

During the January uprising 846 protesters were killed and around 11,000 were injured.

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