Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will stand trial on charges of conspiring in the shootings of protesters during the uprising that ousted him, the country's prosecutor-general Mahmoud Abdel-Meguid said Tuesday. The former leader, his two sons and a close business associate also have been charged with abusing their power to amass wealth, a statement by the prosecutor-general's office said. A trial date has not yet been set.
The statement by Abdel-Meguid accused the ex-president of having "conspired" with the former security chief and other officers to shoot and kill the protesters who took to the streets. He also charged Mubarak and his sons, Gamal and Alaa, of using their authority and power to enrich himself and a business associate. The associate, Hussein Salem, also was charged.
Tuesday's decision comes ahead of a planned Friday protest dubbed "Egypt's second revolution," which was aimed at calling for Mubarak's trial.