Mubarak trial adjourned to Monday

Sayed Gamal El-Din, Saturday 8 Jun 2013

Cairo's criminal court adjourns Mubarak's case to Monday and orders attorneys to file what they call civil complaints in proper jurisdiction

Trial of Egypt
Trial of Egypt's ex-president Hosni Mubarak

The Cairo Criminal Court adjourns the multiple-plaintiff trial that includes former president Hosni Mubarak, his sons Gamal and Alaa as well as former interior minister Habib El-Adly and his six aides to Monday.

The court on Saturday also rejected all civil complaints filed by the plaintiffs' lawyers stating they need to refer them to the courts of proper jurisdiction.

"The people demand the purging of the judiciary" the defendant’s lawyers chanted in response to the verdict.

Meanwhile, clashes erupted between Mubarak supporters and opponents outside the court. Supporters of the ousted president carried his pictures and chanted for his release, while families of the demonstrators killed during the initial 18 days of the revolution carried their loved ones' pictures.

Mubarak, who received a life sentence in June 2012 for "failing to protect" unarmed anti-regime protesters during Egypt's 18-day popular uprising in early 2011, was granted a retrial in January due to procedural irregularities in the initial trial.

Mubarak, together with El-Adly, are accused of killing demonstrators during the 18 days which led to the former president’s overthrow. The ex-autocrat, together with his two sons, also face accusations of using their former positions to illicitly expand their fortunes. The trial is held at the Police Academy, formerly known as Mubarak's Security Academy, where his police cadets used to receive their four-year training before joining the force.

Mubarak, business tycoon Hussein Salem and former minister of petroleum Sameh Fahmy are accused of exporting gas to Israel at below-market prices, causing Egypt to lose LE714 million throughout the deal. Salem, who is now in Spain, also faces charges of using his connections with the Mubarak family to illicitly expand his profit.

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