Egypt’s Mubarak, Brotherhood chiefs due in court

August 25, 2013 7:38 am


Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak/FILE
Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak/FILE
CAIRO, Aug 25 – Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak returns to court Sunday to face charges over protester deaths, as Muslim Brotherhood leaders make their first appearances in court on similar but unrelated charges.

Separate hearings in different parts of the capital come against the backdrop of continued tension in the country, which has been rocked by political turmoil since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in a July 3 coup.

Mubarak, who left prison for house arrest this week, is scheduled to appear at a hearing in his retrial on charges of complicity in the deaths of protesters during the 2011 uprising that forced him to resign.

The case is one of several against the former president, who was granted pre-trial release by a court.

Mubarak was placed under house arrest by interim prime minister Hazem el-Beblawi.

The 85-year-old former president is being held at a military hospital in Cairo and it was not immediately clear if he would attend the morning hearing at the Police Academy.

Mubarak was convicted last June and sentenced to life in prison, but a retrial was ordered in January after he appealed.

He could face the death penalty in that case, and is also facing charges in several corruption cases.

Meanwhile, Brotherhood supreme guide Mohamed Badie and two deputies — Rashad Bayoumi and Khairat al-Shater — are to make their first appearance before another court on charges of inciting the murder of protesters.

Badie was taken into custody last week — the first time a Brotherhood supreme guide has been arrested since 1981.

Shater and Bayoumi were rounded up earlier, following the ouster of Morsi, a fellow Brotherhood member.

They are accused of inciting the murder of protesters who died outside their Cairo headquarters on the evening of June 30, when millions of Egyptians attended anti-Morsi protests.

Another three Brotherhood members will stand trial with them, accused of carrying out the murders in question.

All six face the death penalty if convicted.

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