Retrial of Egypt's former president Mubarak postponed
Egypt's former president inside a barred cage in the police academy courthouse in Cairo, Egypt. [alahram]
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The retrial of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, his two sons, former interior minister Habib El-Adly, and a number of presidential aides has been postponed until 16, 17 and 18 November.
The Cairo Criminal Court made the ruling on Monday, following a series of closed sessions in which Mubarak-era officials testified on charges including the killing of protesters in 2011.
Mubarak and El-Adly received life sentences in June 2012 for the killing of peaceful protesters during the January 2011 uprising that led to Mubarak's ouster. The verdict was overturned in 2013 on grounds of procedural improprieties.
The court has called on Mubarak-era prime minister Ahmed Nazif – currently undergoing a corruption trial of his own – and several former high-ranking interior ministry officials to testify in the upcoming November sessions.
The former president, his sons, El-Adly, and business tycoon Hussein Salem are also being tried for corruption and on charges of squandering public funds by selling natural gas to Israel below market prices.
Atef Ebeid, another Mubarak-era prime minister, former director of intelligence Mourad Mowafi, former interior minister Ahmed Gamal El-Din, and current petroleum minister Sherif Ismail have all testified in earlier sessions.
Mubarak's first trial began in August 2011.
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