Egypt court delays Mubarak murder retrial verdict

Egyptian security forces stepped up security on Saturday ahead of the verdict in the murder trial of former president Hosni Mubarak and top security officials.

Egypt court delays Mubarak murder retrial verdict

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Egyptian court on Saturday delayed the verdict in former president Hosni Mubarak's murder trial to November 29.

Before adjourning the hearing on Saturday, the judge said he and members of the prosecution team had not finished reviewing all the evidence in the case, which amounted to 160,000 pages.

Mubarak, his former interior minister Habib al-Adly and six top security officials are charged with ordering the murder of hundreds of protesters during the 18-day uprising, which ended Mubarak's 30-year rule in early 2011.

Mubarak – along with his two sons and Egyptian business tycoon Hussein Salem – also faces charges of financial corruption, abuse of power, profiteering and exporting Egyptian natural gas to Israel at below-market prices.

In late 2012, Mubarak and al-Adly were both sentenced to 25 years in prison for ordering the murder of demonstrators during the uprising.

The court later ordered a retrial, however, after the former president's lawyers successfully appealed the sentence.

CLASHES

Clashes broke out Saturday between supporters of former president Hosni Mubarak and families of slain protesters following a court decision to adjourn verdict in Mubarak's murder trial.

Several injuries were reported in the violence that erupted outside the Police Academy, where the trial is being held in eastern Cairo.

Angry protesters denounced the court decision as politically driven, triggering clashes with supporters of the former president.

Presiding judge Mahmoud al-Rashidi justified his decision to adjourn the ruling that he needs extra time to write his reasons for the verdict in the case.

Last Mod: 27 Eylül 2014, 13:04
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