12 May 2013

Hosni Mubarak retrial adjourned

8:50 am on 12 May 2013

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak appeared in court on Saturday to face a new trial for complicity in the murder of hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising, as well as for corruption.

Mr Mubarak, 85, is on trial along with his two sons, his former interior minister and six security chiefs - was taken into court in a wheelchair, dressed in white and wearing sunglasses.

Amid a raucous start to proceedings, lawyers for the victims' families taunted Mr Mubarak's sons, Alaa and Gamal, as they stood in the dock with chants of "The people want the execution of the murderer."

The prosecutor read out a list of charges against the accused, and Mr Mubarak and the others standing trial with him pleaded not guilty.

The trial was adjourned until 8 June. The judge said that the adjournment was needed to consider new information presented by the prosecution, the BBC reported.

Outside the court, a handful of victims' families and Mubarak supporters had turned up amid a heavy security presence, news agency AFP said.

Sanaa Said, who lost her 20-year-old son during the uprising, said she will keep fighting for justice, though like many, she has become dispirited by the process.

"I am clinging on to hope even though I think if the trial were real, we would have seen a result (by now)," she said.

Mr Mubarak was granted a retrial after his appeal against a life sentence was accepted due to procedural failings the first time round.

The retrial was meant to begin on 13 April, but the judge in that instance recused himself in a hearing that lasted just seconds.