Egypt Independent

Mubarak retrial postponed to 25 March

Cairo Criminal Court postponed Saturday the retrial of former President Hosni Mubarak, his two sons Gamal and Alaa, former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and six of his top security aids, and fugitive businessman Hussein Salem to 25 March to hear to the rest of the prosecutor's argument.
The court set 5 May to listen to the defendants' lawyers.
The prosecutor argued that the defendants incited the police to kill protesters. He referred to the testimony a number of eyewitnesses including injured protesters, protesters who were not injured and doctors in different governorates like Cairo, Suez, Alexandria, Beni Suef, Gharbiya, Qaliubiya and Sharqiya.
Eyewitnesses said they witnessed policemen in police vehicles while running over protesters to disperse and kill them, the prosecutor added. Doctors said they have received critically and deadly injured protesters with bird shot and live bullet at field hospitals and hospitals. Shooters intended to cause harm to protesters, a doctor testified after examining many injuries, the prosecutor said.
The court decided to lift its live-broadcast ban on the case allowing the Egyptian television to report proceedings and other media outlets' coverage.
The defendants are charged with plotting to kill protesters during the 25 January revolution, spreading chaos and causing a security vaccum.
Mubarak, his two sons and Salem are also being tried over financial corruption, abuse of power, and selling Egyptian gas to Israel at low prices.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm