Mock trial in Upper Egypt sentences Mubarak and Adly to death

A mock public trial held by the Freedoms Committee at the Lawyers Syndicate in Qena, Upper Egypt, sentenced former President Hosni Mubarak and former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly to death. The trial also called on Adly to identify the snipers allegedly involved in killing protesters during the revolution.

During the exercise, a number of lawyers refused to represent the defendants before two were eventually assigned to the defense team.  Prosecutor Ayman Maged demanded the maximum penalty.

Civil Prosecutor Sayed Abdel Moety asked for LE1 trillion in compensation for damages resulting from Mubarak’s rule. Meanwhile, the defense lawyers demanded the release of their clients “for lack of evidence against them."

Protesters chanted slogans demanding justice and retribution. Two chairs were placed inside a metal cage covered with a red cloth to symbolize the defendants.

Mock trials such as this one were often held in Tahrir Square during the revolution, with the proceedings inevitably leading to Mubarak's conviction.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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