Hosni Mubarak still Egypt’s President: Lawyer

Mubarak stepped down on February 11 last year after an 18-day revolt against his regime.

Cairo: Ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak
is still president of the country as he did not sign an
official resignation; his lawyer claimed on Sunday and demanded
that he be tried by a special tribunal during his concluding
defence argument.

Lawyer Farid al Deeb said Mubarak gave up the presidency
orally to former vice-president Omar Suleiman, Egypt`s former
spy chief who was appointed by him as vice president during a
popular uprising last year.

"Mubarak did not write a letter of resignation. The
document was signed by Omar Suleiman," al Deeb said as he
presented the final session of his counter argument today.

Al Deeb called for Mubarak to be tried in a special
tribunal, saying that Cairo criminal court is not competent to
try him.

The comments and remarks of al-Deeb were leaked out by
the journalists attending the session despite the media
blackout imposed on the trial.

The lawyer ended his argument by asking the ousted
president, who was lying on a stretcher behind the bars, not
to be sad as he is a fighter who put his life at risk over and
over again for his country and what he is now suffering
resembles what Prophet Muhammad went through.

The remarks were extensively exchanged on Facebook
and twitter by users who were making fun of al-Deeb.
Mubarak stepped down on February 11 last year after an
18-day revolt against his regime.

He has been on trial since August charged over the deaths
of hundreds of protesters killed during the uprising.
Being tried with him are his former interior minister
and six ex-security officials.

The prosecution wants Mubarak to hang for the killings.
Two of Mubarak`s sons are also on trial on a variety of
charges. The sons, Gamal and Alaa, have pleaded not guilty.

Mubarak is also facing charges of corruption along
with his sons in the same court.

The defence began on Tuesday a five-day challenge and is
due to wrap up the case concerning Mubarak and his sons later
on Sunday.

The trial will continue with defence teams for
ex-interior minister Habib al-Adly and the six security
officials arguing their cases.

The last hearing is set for February 16. The court is
then expected to recess for deliberation after which the judge
will set a date for the verdict.