CAIRO - Egypt's security authorities have received notice to move Hosni Mubarak to Cairo for trial, Al Arabiya television said on Tuesday, but a senior security source denied this, adding to the fevered speculation about whether the ousted leader will attend.
Mubarak, 83, has been hospitalized in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh since April when he was first questioned. His trial is scheduled for Wednesday.Al Arabiya, which cited its reporter, said the notice about moving the ousted president was issued to authorities in South Sinai, which is responsible for the Sharm el-Sheikh area. But a senior South Sinai security source denied this to Reuters.
Demonstrators are likely to be enraged if Mubarak does not appear in the court that has been set up in a Police Academy complex where he addressed the nation two days before protests against his rule erupted on Jan. 25. He quit 18 days later.