Egypt Court to Grill Mubarak Officials on 2011 Deaths

Saturday, 14 Sep 2013 07:50 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

CAIRO — An Egyptian court said Saturday it will question top officials of Hosni Mubarak's regime over the toppled dictator's role in the deaths of protesters during the 2011 uprising against his rule.

The court, in a hearing attended by Mubarak and broadcast on state television, said the questioning would be carried out during a three-day session starting on October 19.

It said the session would be closed to the public as it concerns "national security."

The court also charged three separate commissions with looking into the allegations against Mubarak, his former interior minister Habib al-Adly, his two sons Alaa and Gamal and six security chiefs.

The 85-year-old former president faces an array of charges, including complicity in the deaths of some 850 people killed in the Arab Spring-inspired uprising against him, and corruption.

On Saturday, Mubarak was brought into the court on a wheelchair from a military hospital where he has been held since his release from Cairo's Tora prison last month.

Dressed in a jacket, striped shirt and wearing dark sunglasses, it was his second appearance in public since he stepped out of jail.

Outside the court, about 20 supporters of Mubarak had gathered for Saturday's session.

They held pictures of the former autocratic president, alongside those of Egypt's current armed forces chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Mubarak had been convicted in June last year of complicity in the deaths of protesters and sentenced to life in prison, but a retrial was ordered in January after he appealed.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of death.

Lawyers defending Mubarak and the other nine accused argue Islamists were primarily responsible for violence during the 2011 revolution.

Mubarak's ouster was a pivotal moment in regional democratic upheavals that in Egypt led to an Islamist government, which itself lasted only a year before a military coup ousted it.

The former strongman has been held under house arrest at a military hospital since he left Tora jail.

Since his first court appearance in August 2011, Mubarak has been treated for a range of ailments including a heart condition and depression. He was even reported to have slipped into a coma last year.

© AFP 2014

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Turkey's Erdogan Says 200 Kurdish Fighters from Iraq to Enter Kobani

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 07:01 AM

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday agreement had been reached on sending 200 Kurdish peshmerga fighters f . . .

Thousands of Iranians Protest Recent Acid Attacks on Women

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 06:58 AM

Several thousand Iranians in the city of Isfahan demonstrated against a spate of acid attacks against women and a recent . . .

Egypt Jails 25 on Terrorism Charges

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 09:16 AM

An Egyptian court jailed 25 men Wednesday for from seven years to life for planning terrorist attacks on state institu . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved