World Bulletin / News Desk
Egypt's cabinet on Thursday decided to demolish the main premises of ex-president Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party in downtown Cairo and subsume its land to the nearby garden of the Egyptian Museum.
In a statement, the cabinet said that it took the decision in order to preserve Egypt's historical heritage.
Overlooking Egypt's great river Nile, the multilevel building of Mubarak's now-defunct party was set on fire on January 28, 2011, which is widely known here as the "Day of Wrath".
Violent clashes erupted on that day between tens of thousands of demonstrators and policemen across Egypt, while the demonstrators viewed the offices of Mubaraki's party as the symbols of all evil.
On December 15, 2012, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced a plan for creating a garden in the place of the party building, saying the garden would contain old Egyptian trees and plants as well as an exhibition documenting the 18 days of revolution against Mubarak.
An Egyptian court on Thursday set May 12 as a date for issuing a verdict in the trial of ex-president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons on corruption charges, judicial sources said.
Mubarak, his two sons and four other people are accused of confiscating $18 million from the budget allocated for the presidential palaces, fabricating official documents and intentionally squandering public funds.
During a trial session on Thursday, judges had to suspend the proceedings for minutes when the ex-octogenarian president's health deteriorated.
The ex-president is accused of using presidential palace funds in constructing buildings and buying furniture for his two sons between 2002 and 2011.
Mubarak, his sons and interior minister Habib al-Adly are also tried on charges of inciting the killing of demonstrators during the January 25 uprising that brought his autocracy to an end in 2011.
In late 2012, he and al-Adly were both sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing demonstrators, but the court later ordered a retrial after the former president's lawyers successfully appealed the sentence.
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