Mubarak's retrial over killing protesters in 2011 adjourned till November

Thursday 07-04-2016 02:44 PM

A criminal court sentences Mubarak and his two sons to three years in prison in the Presidential Palaces cases on May 9, 2015. Reuters.

CAIRO, Apr 7 (Aswat Masriya) – The Cairo Cassation Court adjourned Thursday the retrial of former president Hosni Mubarak over complicity in the killing of protesters during the 18-day January 2011 uprising to Nov. 3.

The session was postponed because Mubarak was not present at the court.

The previous trial session that was held on Jan. 21 was also postponed for the same reason.

"Security forces refuse to transfer Mubarak to court for security reasons, while the court refuses to move the trial sessions outside the High Court building," a source from the Maadi Military hospital, where Mubarak resides, said.

A lawyer working with Mubarak's lawyer Fareed al-Deeb said during Thursday's session that Mubarak does not mind attending court sessions, clarifying that the problem lies solely with the interior ministry, which says it is unable to secure Mubarak and demands changing the sessions' location.

In November 2014, the Cairo Criminal Court dropped 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 protesters.

The verdict was appealed in December 2014. In June 2015, the Court of Cassation ordered a retrial of Mubarak to be held in November.

The former president was ousted after a popular uprising against his rule in Jan. 25, 2011.

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