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Egyptian court continues trial of Mubarak

01-05-2012 09:28 BJT

CAIRO, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Cairo Criminal Court continued the trial of former president Hosni Mubarak and 10 others on Wednesday, with prosecutors presenting new evidence about the killing of protesters.

Mubarak's arrival at the court was delayed for about three hours due to the foggy weather. As usual, he was flown by a helicopter to the Cairo Police Academy where the trial is held, from the International Medical Center in the eastern suburbs of the capital.

The trial lasted about three hours. Prosecutor Mustafa Suleiman presented the court evidences of police forces' attacks on demonstrators. There are enough evidence to prove the defendants' indirect participation in the killing of protesters, state-run Al- Ahram newspaper's website quoted Suleiman as saying.

The prosecutor accused the Interior Ministry of not cooperating with the investigation.

The 83-year-old former president and former minister of interior Habib el-Adli, and Adli's six aides face charges of ordering and complicity in killing protesters. Meanwhile, Mubarak, his two sons Alaa and Gamal, and fugitive businessmen Hussein Salem are accused of corruption, profiteering, and exporting gas to Israeli in cheap prices.

The defendants have appeared at court several times since their trial began on Aug. 3, 2011. Head of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces Hussein Tantawi and former vice president Omar Suleiman have testified in previous sessions.

The trial had been postponed as some plaintiff lawyers demanded the change of presiding judge Ahmed Refaat. The appeal, however, was rejected by Cairo's Court of Appeals on Dec. 7, 2011.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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