Court postpones decision on Mubarak's retrial for killing protesters

Thursday 02-04-2015 09:34 AM
Court postpones decision on Mubarak's retrial for killing protesters

Egyptian Army soldiers and medics transport former president Hosni Mubarak back to a military hospital after a court hearing in the southern suburb of Maadi, on the outskirts of Cairo, August 25, 2013.


CAIRO, Apr 2 (Aswat Masriya) - Egypt's Court of Cassation postponed on Thursday its decision on ordering a retrial for former President Hosni Mubarak over complicity in the killing of protesters during the 18-day January 2011 uprising which toppled his regime.

The decision is expected to be issued in a session on May 7. 

The Cairo Criminal Court had dropped last November the case against Mubarak and acquitted his Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and four of his aides on charges of inciting and aiding the killing of 238 protesters. 

The court also acquitted Mubarak and Egyptian businessman Hussein Salem of the graft charges related to the exportation of gas to Israel. Salem is being tried in absentia.

Mubarak and his two sons Alaa and Gamal were accused of exploiting their influence in Salem's favour after the latter granted them five villas in the Sinai resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh. The charges were dropped due to the expiry of the statute of limitations in this case.

The sentences were appealed by the public prosecution last December and the Court of Cassation was scheduled to decide on whether to drop the sentences and retry the defendants or to uphold them.

The postponement came to "technically prepare the court room" to play a video of the November sentence, the head of the court said.

Held in custody since April 2011, Mubarak's two sons were released on January 26, after spending maximum time in preventative detention. They remain being tried for manipulating the stock market, yet from outside prison.

In May 2014, a Cairo court sentenced Mubarak to three years in prison on embezzlement charges, while his two sons were sentenced to four years in prison for the same charges.

The sentences were dropped by the Court of Cassation in January, after ordering a retrial in the case. The first session in the case is scheduled for Saturday.

Meanwhile Adly, who was arrested shortly after Mubarak's overthrow in February 2011, was released from Tora prison on March 25. 

Of the four trials Adly faced, he was only served a ratified sentence in one. He was handed a three year sentence, which was upheld in February 2014, for exploiting conscripts by tasking them with carrying out work for him in his home.

Adly was released after serving his three-year prison sentence.

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