Cairo: Former president Hosni Mubarak and
others, involved in the killing of pro-democracy activists
during a popular uprising that ousted the Egyptian strongman,
will be put on trial in Cairo on August 3, the state media
reported on Thursday.
"It has been decided that the trial of ex-president
Hosni Mubarak and his two sons Alaa and Gamal... will be held
in the building of the General Authority for Investment and
the free trade areas in the Cairo Expo grounds," the official
news agency MENA quoted a Justice Ministry official as saying.
83-year-old Mubarak, toppled in February, has been in
hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh since April,
where he is undergoing treatment for a heart condition.
He has been charged with involvement in the killing of
protesters, corruption and abuse of power. If found guilty of
the murder charge, Mubarak may be executed.
Egypt`s minister of interior Mansour el Essawi has
said security has been finalised for the trial of Mubarak, his
two sons, former Interior Minister Habib al-Adli and others.
Judge Mohamed Manei, Assistant Justice Minister for
Court Affairs said the decision regarding the trial was taken
during a meeting held today with Trade and Industry Minister
Mohamed Abdel-Rahman Issa in the presence of a number of
high-level security leaderships at the interior ministry.
Representatives from the Armed Forces also attended
the meeting, he added.
Mubarak, his sons, Adli and six of his aides are
accused of killing protesters during the January revolution.
Mubarak is accused of giving orders to Adli to use live
ammunition to quell protests.
The former president has been under treatment at a
Sharm El-Shiekh hospital since April, when investigations over
his abuse of power and the killing of protesters started.
Manei said procedures are underway to prepare for the
trial and a venue will be chosen for Egyptian and foreign
journalists who will cover the trial.
He further noted that only the camera of the
state-owned TV will be allowed.
Also, electronic gates will be placed on the entries
and exits of the building and an unprecedented plan will be
drawn up to secure the adjacent areas and the surrounding
Maein will meet with Judge Abdel Aziz Omar, head of
Cairo`s Court of Appeal, on Saturday in the presence of Judge
Ahmed Refaat, head of Criminal Court, to discuss measures
regulate the issuance of the entry permits for the court.