Mubarak’s trial to be held in Cairo

Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak left the presidency on Feb. 11. Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak left the presidency on Feb. 11.
Associated Press / July 29, 2011

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CAIRO - The trial of Hosni Mubarak, his sons, and former interior minister will be held in Cairo, a top judiciary official said yesterday after the health minister declared the ousted president well enough to be brought to the capital from a hospital in the Sinai.

The announcements made it likely that the 83-year-old Mubarak will be brought back to Cairo for the first time since his Feb. 11 fall from power, when he fled to the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

An appeals judge must still formally announce the move, but according to Egyptian law, the defendant must physically appear in court.

“Egyptian law stipulates that a judge must hear the defendant’s testimony with his own ear, and physically be in the same room as the defendant,’’ said Nasser Amin, a lawyer with the Arab Center for the Independence of the Judiciary.

Deputy Justice Minister Mohammed Munie told the state news agency MENA that a final decision has been made to hold the trial in a hall at Cairo’s Convention Center.

The decision was made by representatives of the ruling military, security officials, and the industry and trade minister, who oversees the convention center. top stories on Twitter

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