Egyptian judge outlines plans for Mubarak's trial

By REUTERS
July 31, 2011 16:09

CAIRO - The trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will be held at a police academy in Cairo, with a maximum of 600 people allowed to attend although proceedings will be televised, the presiding judge said on Sunday.

A source close to Mubarak, in hospital since April when he was first questioned, said on Thursday that his lawyer would tell the court the ex-president was too sick to attend. That could further anger protesters who demand a public trial.

Mubarak is in a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh but many Egyptians see this as a ploy so that the ruling army can avoid publicly humiliating their former commander.

"In God's words, if you are to judge people, you must do so with justice," judge Ahmed Refaat, who is presiding over Mubarak's case, told a news conference. The briefing was delayed due to a crush of journalists wanting to hear about the case.


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