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Mubarak trial to reconvene 15 August, he must stay in Cairo

Reuters/Egypt TV via Reuters
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The trial of Hosni Mubarak will reconvene on 15 August and the former Egyptian president must attend, Judge Ahmed Refaat ruled at the long-awaited first day of hearings. Mubarak is to be moved to a hospital in Cairo. Earlier: Mubarak wheeled into Cairo court on stretcher

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All the accused must attend the next session, Refaat ordered. They face charges of corruption and murdering about 850 anti-Mubarak protesters during January’s demonstrations against his regime.

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Separately, judge said the court would reconvene for the case of former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly on 4 August.

Mubarak, who appeared lying on a bed inside a steel cage, denied all the charges, as did his sons, Alaa and Gamal.

Lawyers for the slain protesters’ families demanded that Mubarak be kept under detention in the Torah Prison south of Cairo instead of in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh where he has been in recent weeks

And they asked that all other cases related to killing protesters across Egypt, involving other police officers, be taken at the trial.

Other lawyers requested the court to summon senior telecommunications regulatory officials to establish who ordered internet connections to be cut during the revolt.

Defence lawyers claimed the trial was invalid because a court last month merged his case into that of former interior minister al-Adly.

They also requested that the chief of the ruling military council Mohammad Hussain Tantawi and former vice-president Omar Sulaiman be summoned for cross-examination.

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