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Monday, 1 August 2011

Mubarak trial to be aired on Egyptian TV

The trial of Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president, will be held at a police academy in Cairo and televised.

A maximum of 600 people allowed to attend the proceedings on August 3, Ahmed Refaat, the presiding judge, said on Sunday.

A source close to Mubarak, who has been in hospital since April when he was first questioned, said on Thursday that the former president's lawyer would tell the court he was too sick to attend the trial.

A cabinet statement said Interior Minister Mansour el-Essawy had received a letter from the public prosecutor calling for Mubarak to be present.

Many Egyptians see Mubarak's illness and detention in a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh as a ploy by the country's military rulers to avoid publicly humiliating their former commander-in-chief.

The former president has so far been spared transfer to a Cairo prison where his two sons and other officials are held awaiting trial.

"In God's words, if you are to judge people, you must do so with justice," 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.

Mubarak is charged with a range of offences, the most serious of which is conspiring over the killing of protesters during the uprising which led to his overthrow in February.

If convicted, he could face the death penalty.



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