Egypt's Mubarak appears in court for retrial

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-5-12 8:46:21

Egypt's ousted president Hosni Mubarak appeared in court on Saturday for the first session of his retrial over charges of corruption and responsibility for killing protesters, state TV reported.

As the session kicked off around 10:20 am (0820 GMT), Mubarak 's two sons Alaa and Gamal, former interior minister Habib al-Adli and former top police officials appeared inside the dock before the ex-president entered the courtroom on a chair.

Earlier, Mubarak's lawyers and supporters clashed with those who demanded the execution of Mubarak, causing a state of disorder inside the courtroom.

Over 200 policemen and security men, with armored vehicles, were deployed outside the court in the capital Cairo to secure the session and keep Mubarak's supporters and opponents apart.

When presiding Judge Mahmoud Kamel al-Rashidi asked Mubarak if he'd like some volunteer Kuwaiti lawyers to defend him in this session, the former president replied, "I refer the issue to my lawyer Farid al-Deeb."

Deeb thanked the Kuwaiti lawyers but declined their initiative.

During the morning session, the prosecution listed the charges against Mubarak, his two sons, former interior minister, aides and fugitive business tycoon Hussein Salem. A court decision is expected later in the day, although legal experts believe it could be adjourned to another day.

Mubarak and Adli were sentenced to life imprisonment in June 2012 over responsibility for killing protesters in the 2011 upheaval. After they appealed the verdict, the Court of Appeals set April 13 for their retrial.

On April 13, however, the retrial was adjourned as former presiding judge Mostafa Hassan Abdullah withdrew from the case after claimants rejected him and caused disorder inside the courtroom when he formerly acquitted over 20 ex-regime officials in a similar case.

On April 17, the court set May 11 to retry the former president, his two sons and other former officials.

Mubarak ruled Egypt for three decades and was toppled by nationwide protests that swept the country in January 2011.

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