Cairo: The retrial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons over charges of killing around 900 protesters during the 2011 mass uprising against his regime has been adjourned till December 14.
The 85-year-old ex-president was sentenced to life in prison last year over complicity of inciting violence and murdering demonstrators during the uprising against him, but an appeal court ordered a retrial earlier this year.
The autocratic strongman, who ruled Egypt for three decades with the military`s support, is facing trial along with his sons -- Alaa and Gamal, his interior minister Habib Adly and 6 of his aides.
Mubarak is under house arrest since August.
Cairo Criminal court adjourned the trial to allow the defence teams time to review and copy the documents of the case, MENA news agency reported.
The court also decided to summon former defence minister Mohamed Hussein Tantawi and his chief-of-staff Sami Anan to testify on December 15.
Mubarak`s lawyer claims his period of house arrest should have ended with the lifting of the state of emergency in Egypt last week, so he could be free within days. Egypt`s interim authorities dispute this.
Muabarak`s health has been a bone of contention during his trial and incarceration. He suffered a heart attack after relinquishing power.