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Egypt's former army chief in court to testify in Mubarak's retrial

English.news.cn   2013-12-14 19:04:44            

CAIRO, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's former army chief and defense minister Hussein Tantawi appeared in Cairo Criminal Court on Saturday for testimony in the retrial of former president Hosni Mubarak, state-run Ahram website reported.

In a confidential session, the court will listen to Tantawi's testimony in charges against Mubarak over killing protesters in the 2011 upheaval and exporting gas to Israel at prices lower than those of the international market.

Judge Mahmoud Kamel, presiding Mubarak's retrial, urged the media to be accurate in coverage, adding that all the details about the testimonies of high ranking former officials will be made public soon.

Former intelligence chief Murad Muwafi and head of the national security authority and three other former security officials testified last month.

All the hearings were held in closed-door sessions for security reasons.

An appeal court ordered a retrial earlier this year of the 85- year-old ex-president, after he was sentenced to life in prison last year over complicity of inciting violence and murdering demonstrators during the uprising against him in 2011.

The retrial also includes Mubarak's two sons Alaa and Gamal, and former interior minister Habib al-Adly and six of Al Adly's aides.

Mubarak was released from jail in August over several cases related to misusing the public funds for his own interest, but he is now kept under home arrest in Maadi Military Hospital in southern Cairo.

His home arrest period expired after lifting a curfew and a state of emergency imposed amid-August following the ouster of his successor Mohamed Morsi, but Mubarak chose to stay in hospital to avoid more unrest in the country.

Related:

Egypt's court adjourned Mubarak retrial to Nov. 16

CAIRO, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- An Egyptian court on Monday decided to adjourn the retrial of former President Hosni Mubarak to Nov. 16 after three-day closed-door sessions to hear testimony of several former top security officials, state-TV reported.

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 in 2011, but an appeal court ordered a retrial earlier this year. Full story

Editor: Shen Qing
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