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Mubarak defence lawyers get one month to present arguments

Arab World Materials 11 January 2012 01:41 (UTC +04:00)
Defence lawyers for ousted Egyptian president Hosny Mubarak and other former senior officials have been given one month to present their closing arguments.
Mubarak defence lawyers get one month to present arguments

Defence lawyers for ousted Egyptian president Hosny Mubarak and other former senior officials have been given one month to present their closing arguments, dpa reported.

The defendants face the death penalty in the landmark case.

On Tuesday, presiding Judge Ahmed Refaat adjourned the case for one week, until January 17, and said that the court would hear defence arguments until February 16.

The 83-year old Mubarak, ex-interior minister Habib al-Adly and six former senior ministry officials are charged with involvement in killing protesters during an uprising last year that forced Mubarak out of power.

Mubarak, 83, his sons - Alaa and Gamal - and fugitive businessman Hussein Salem also face charges of corruption and of wasting public funds. They are accused of selling Egyptian exports to Israel at prices lower than the market value.

Refaat said that defence lawyers representing Mubarak and his sons would give their closing arguments between January 17-22.

After February 16, the court is expected to recess until the judge sets a date for the verdict.

On Tuesday, plaintiff lawyers, representing families of those killed or injured during the 2011 Egyptian uprising, finished their two days of closing arguments.

They demanded the death penalty for Mubarak - echoing prosecution demands made last week in their closing arguments.

Ashraf Mokhtar, a lawyer for the government, demanded that Mubarak and his co-defendants pay authorities one billion Egyptian pounds (around 165 million dollars) in compensation for endangering and burning public facilities as well as the withdrawal of police forces from the streets during the uprising against Mubarak.

Mokhtar said that the security vacuum led to a state of chaos that cost the state huge losses.

Mubarak is being detained in a military medical centre outside Cairo and has been transferred by helicopter for every session to the Police Academy, where the trial is being held, since the case began in August.

The other defendants are being held in Tora prison in southern Cairo.

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