After release,house arrest,Mubarak back in court

Trials of former leader and Brotherhood figures adjourned

Written by Press Trust Of India | Cairo | Published: August 26, 2013 3:40 am

The trials of deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and top leaders of his arch-rival Muslim Brotherhood group for inciting violence and killings in separate instances were adjourned Sunday.

The re-trial of 85-year-old Mubarak and co-defendants,including his two sons — Gamal and Alaa — and former interior minister Habib El-Adly,on charges of instigating murder of over 800 people during pro-democracy uprising in 2011 were held at the Police Academy in Cairo amid tight security.

The trial was adjourned after the prosecutor-general’s office presented new evidence against the defendants. The court ordered the formation of three different committees to inspect evidence provided by prosecutors against defendants until the next session on September 14.

One committee is to inspect the evidence related to corruption charges regarding the illegal acquisition of villas by Mubarak and his two sons. Another committee will inspect charges related to the case of selling gas to Israel at below-market-prices. The third committee will examine material evidence related to the killing of protesters during the 18-day uprising that led to the ouster of Mubarak,Ahram Online reported.

Mubarak was released from jail this week but placed under house arrest by interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi. He is being held at a military hospital in Cairo.

Meanwhile,another court adjourned the trial of Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohammed Badie and his deputy Khairat el Shater and others.

Badie,his deputies and many other leading figures of the Islamist group are facing trial for killing the protesters in front of the presidential palace last December during the tenure of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

Badie — known as Brotherhood’s “General Guide” — and deputies were not produced before the court due to security reasons following which their trial was adjourned to October 29,minutes after it opened Sunday.

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