Former SCAF leader to testify in Mubarak's trial

Ahram Online, Saturday 14 Dec 2013

Retrial of former dictator Hosni Mubarak and his two sons continues on Saturday

Egypt's former army leader Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi (Photo: Reuters)

Cairo Criminal court will hear on Saturday  the testimony of former leader of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) retired Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi in the retrial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, his two sons, Gamal and Alaa, his Interior Minister Habib El-Adly and six security aides.

A media ban imposed on the trial will continue until Sunday and Monday as both former cheif of staff Sami Anan and former head of military police are also scheduled to testify, reported Al-Ahram daily.

Several officials have been summoned earlier to give their testimonies such as ex-spy chief Mourad Mowafi, ex-military commander for the Cairo area Hassan El-Roueini, Mubarak's era prime-minister Ahmed Nazif and Minister of Petroleum Sherif Ismail.

The 85-year-old deposed president and El-Adly both received life sentences in June 2012 on charges of political responsibility for the killing of peaceful protesters during the January 2011 uprising that led to Mubarak's ouster.

Earlier verdicts were overturned in January 2013 by an appeals court on the grounds of procedural improprieties.

Mubarak also faces charges of squandering public funds by selling natural gas to Israel below market prices.

Mubarak's first trial began in August 2011.

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