Verdict in Hosni Mubarak trial postponed

Witnesses in the case have ‘changed’ their testimony, a move commentators say would likely lead to his acquittal

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An Egyptian court postponed itsverdict in the retrial of deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak on charges of corruption and killing protestors to Nov. 29.

Ahead of reading the verdict, the court showed a short 'documentary' in which a presenter spoke about the process the bench went through before reaching a decision. The presiding judge noted that the case comprised of 160,000 documents, adding that all stages of the trial have been considered before reaching the verdict.

A Cairo court found him guilty of charges of killing protestors in the 2011 uprising that ousted him, sentencing him and his interior minister Habib al-Adly in 2012 but an appeal accepted by the Court of Cassation led to a retrial that began in April 2013.

The 86-year-old was flown by helicopter to the court at a police academy on the outskirts of Cairo, after he was wheeled on a stretcher from a military hospital in the capital, an Agence France Presse correspondent and police said.

Witnesses in the case have ‘changed’ their testimony, a move commentators say would likely lead to his acquittal, the BBC reported.

The trial has been adjourned several times since 2013. In one session, Mubarak was allowed to give a speech in which he defended his 30-year rule over Egypt.

“I spent my whole life defending Egypt and its sons. I say before God, you and the people that I have spent my life fighting the enemies of the country,” he said.

He also attempted to justify Egypt’s human rights record under his rule, saying he did his best to meet his responsibilities as president.

His sons, Alaa and Gamal Mubarak are currently serving a four-year prison sentence after they were found guilty in May 2014 and are standing trial with their father today.

The former ruler is currently under house arrest in the Maadi Military Hospital after an August court decision ordered his transfer from prison to the hospital.

[With AFP)

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