Egypt military ruler testifies in Mubarak trial

By REUTERS
September 24, 2011 13:18

 
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CAIRO - Egypt's ruling military council head testified in the trial of Hosni Mubarak on Saturday in a hearing that could decide the fate of the ex-president accused of responsibility for the deaths of hundreds of demonstrators earlier this year.

Lawyers representing some of the 850 people killed in the uprising that overthrew Mubarak complained Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi gave evidence earlier than usual and left the courthouse without allowing them to cross examine him.

"The measures were unusual... The session started very early," attorney Wael Zekri told reporters. "By the time the lawyers arrived, the testimony was over," he added. There was no immediate comment on the charges.

The ruling military council has been under pressure to deliver swift justice for those killed during the popular uprising which culminated with Mubarak stepping down on Feb. 11.

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