Lawyers: Mubarak's trial to be postponed again

By REUTERS
October 29, 2011 19:40

 
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CAIRO - The trial of Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak, which was due to resume on Sunday, will be postponed until a decision is made on whether to change the panel presiding over the case, said lawyers on Saturday.

Some of the lawyers representing families of those killed in an uprising against Mubarak's rule have demanded changes to the panel after complaining it had failed to give them adequate time to question Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, who heads the army council now ruling Egypt.

Lawyers told Reuters the current panel headed by Judge Ahmed Refaat will either hold a session to adjourn the trial while remanding the defendants in prison or will postpone it through administrative methods without holding the session.

"The case is suspended until a decision is reached on Refaat," said Hassan Abul Enen, a lawyer representing the families. The delay will add to public frustration over the pace of the trial.

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