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Hosni Mubarak To Face Trial For Second Time

PTI 15 Aug 2011, 16:46:57 IST

Cairo,  August 15:  Toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is set to stand trial for the second time on Monday on charges of corruption and ordering the killing of pro-democracy protesters.

After the first session on August 3, a new board of advocates volunteered to present the case for the plaintiffs -- the families of the people killed and injured during the nationwide revolt in February, that ousted Mubarak's three-decade-old regime.

The trial of Egypt's former interior minister Habib Al-Adil, also accused of ordering firing on protesters, and six of his deputies resumed under tight security in Cairo on Sunday.

“Four groups are in conflict in the court room and the panel of judges with have the final say,” an advocate associated with the trial, said.

The session, however, will not be aired live because it would be legally improper to do so, he said.

In the first session of the trial, Mubarak was flown in from the Red Sea resort town of Sharam el-Sheikh, where he is under arrest in a hospital, by a helicopter and brought to the courtroom on a stretcher with an intravenous drip.

Besides the killing of protesters during the massive uprising, the 83-year-old former strongman has been charged with involvement in corruption and abuse of power. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.