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Monday, August 15, 2011

EGYPT: Egypt judge bans live broadcast of Mubarak trial!

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Hosni Mubarak on trial - AFP - August 3 2011
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on trial in Cairo, August 3, 2011. Photo by: AFP.

Trial of former Egypt President Hosni Mubarak and sons adjourned until September 5 to allow them to be tried with ex-interior minister Habib el-Adly and six ministry officials.

An Egyptian judge on Monday adjourned the trial of former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons until September 5 and banned live broadcasts of it.
The judge made his decision during the second session of the trial, after the first session earlier this month.
Judge Ahmed Refaat adjourned the trial in order to combine it with that of ex-interior minister Habib el-Adly and six ministry officials. All defendants are charged with ordering the killing of protesters earlier this year during protests that led to the ouster of Mubarak.
At least 850 protesters were killed in the uprisings during January and February of this year, and over 6,000 were injured.
Ahmed Fawzy, the head of the Egyptian Association for Community Participation Enhancement, said that the decision to halt live broadcast of trials came at the right moment after two days of chaos inside the court.
“This is definitely in the interest of the case," Fawzy told the German Press Agency DPA.
On Monday, a dispute between lawyers of both sides took place inside the hall while the judge was in recess. There are roughly 200 lawyers representing hundreds of plaintiffs.

The day before, Refaat adjourned the case of el-Adly after chaos erupted due to interruptions by plaintiff's lawyers.

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