Egypt’s Tantawi to testify in Mubarak trial

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Egypt's former military chief Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi is to testify on Saturday in the retrial of ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons, Gamal and Alaa, Alarabiya reported.

The trial will continue through Sunday and Monday as both former chief of staff Sami Anan and the former head of military police are also scheduled to testify, according to an Al Arabiya News Channel correspondent in Cairo.

Mubarak, along with Interior Minister Habib el-Adly, was handed down a life sentence in June 2012 for complicity in the killing of demonstrators in the uprising that toppled him in 2011, but an appeals court ordered a retrial.

Mubarak also faces charges of squandering public funds by selling natural gas to Israel below market prices.

State television said that former intelligence chief Mourad Mowafy and the head of the national security authority, General Mostafa Abdel Naby, testified in a hearing last October.

In September, the presiding judge imposed a media gag on the sessions' proceedings for reasons of national security.

Mubarak was released from mijail but is kept under house arrest in a military hospital in Maadi, a Cairo suburb.

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