|Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak left the presidency on Feb. 11.|
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.