Mubarak verdict set for 2 June: Judge

Ahram Online , Wednesday 22 Feb 2012

Presiding judge of Mubarak trial announces that final verdict will be delivered on 2 June and broadcast live on Egyptian television

The final verdict in the trial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak will be delivered on 2 June, trial judge Ahmed Refaat announced on Wednesday, adding that Egyptian television would broadcast the session.

The 6-month long trial reached its final day on Wednesday, as defence lawyers submitted their final written statements.

Mubarak, his sons Gamal and Alaa, along with former interior minister Habib El-Adly and six of his aides, are accused of corruption and ordering the killing of peaceful protesters during the 18-day uprising.

Opinions are divided on the possible verdict. Some lawyers say the prosecution's case was weak and the defence manipulated evidence in favour of the former president. Other observers say that from a political perspective a guilty verdict is essential for Egypt's ongoing democratic transition.

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

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