The retrial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on charges of conspiracy to kill protesters convened on Saturday in the absence of the deposed autocrat, who was missing for security reasons after political violence swept the country.
Mubarak's two sons, Alaa and Gamal, who are standing trial on corruption charges, were also absent, as was Mubarak's former interior minister, Habib el-Adly. A security official said all were absent for security reasons.
It was the first time Mubarak, 85, had missed a session in the retrial, which got underway in May. The judge adjourned proceedings until Aug. 25.
Violence erupted across Egypt on Friday during protests b yIslamist opponents of the army-backed government that took power from President Mohamed Mursi, who became the second head of state to fall in two years when the military removed him on July3.
Mubarak is being held at Tora Prison on the southern outskirts of Cairo - the same facility where senior members of Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood have been held since they were arrested in a crackdown on the organization.
Mubarak and Adly were convicted and sentenced to life in prison last June for failing to stop killing during the 2011uprising that swept him from power. But a court ordered the retrial in January after accepting appeals from both the prosecution and the defense.
Each cited different shortcomings with a trial that was criticized for the weak evidence offered by the prosecution.
Mursi is also being detained, but at an undisclosed location. He faces a formal investigation into accusations stemming from his escape from prison during the uprising against Mubarak. The accusations against him include conspiring with the Palestinian group Hamas and murder.
Egypt’s Mursi likely to go to same prison as MubarakEgypt’s ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi is likely to be transferred to the same Cairo prison where former leader Hosni Mubarak is now ... Middle East
Retrial of Egypt’s Mubarak adjourned to August 17A Cairo court has adjourned to August 17 the retrial of former President Hosni Mubarak over charges of corruption and involvement in the killing of ... Middle East
Ousted Mubarak says Mursi should resign to ‘save lives’Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said that the country’s current Islamist president, Mohammed Mursi, should step down for the sake of the ... Middle East
Egyptian criminal court backs Mubarak’s release in corruption caseAn Egyptian criminal court backed on Thursday a previous ruling to release Hosni Mubarak on illicit gains charges, but the ousted president will ... Middle East
Egypt values Mubarak family fortune at $1.2 billionAuthorities in Egypt have valued the wealth of former dictator Hosni Mubarak, his wife and their two sons at nine billion Egyptian pounds ($1.2 ... Middle East
Hosni Mubarak: No one forced me to step down, I did it to save livesToppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said that his decision to step down was his own, adding that he could have remained in power if he had wanted ... Middle East