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Mubarak Trial Resumes in Cairo

The trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has resumed in Cairo, with a verdict in the case possible before the end of the month
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 1/2/2012, 9:04 PM

The trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has resumed in Cairo, with a verdict in the case possible before the end of the month, lawyers told reporters Monday. "I expect a verdict January 25, the anniversary of the [Tahrir Square] revolution," civil rights attorney Khaled Abu Bakr told journalists at a news conference.

The date marks the beginning of the Egyptian uprising that toppled the 30-year regime of the former president, the second one to be toppled in the Arab Spring ignited days earlier by Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution.

Mubarak, whose health is fragile, was wheeled into the courtroom on a gurney Monday for a brief "procedural" hearing. The former president is allegedly suffering from heart disease and cancer. Two of his sons are also on trial, as are six of his aides and former Interior Minister Habib El Adly.

Prosecutors will have until Thursday to present their case, said Abu Bakr, who is representing the families of the victims. Mubarak faces charges of murder in the deaths of those who were killed by security forces during the uprising, as well as corruption charges. He has pleaded not guilty as have both his sons, Gamal and Ala'a.

Prosecutors' Office spokesman Adel Sa'id confirmed there was a "possibility" a verdict could be handed down by January 25. Some 840 people died and more than 6,000 were wounded during the 18-day uprising that toppled Mubarak's government, according to CNN, quoting figures from Amnesty International.

The public prosecution noted in court, however, that Mubarak and El-Adly were not being held responsible for the shooting of protesters at police stations.

The number of "martyrs" in the shooting of protesters in public squares from January 25 to February 11, 2011 -- the period of the Egyptian Revolution -- was 225 victims, and the number of injured was 1,363, said the public prosecutor, according to the daily Egyptian Al Ahram newspaper.

In addition, the prosecution told the court that video recordings needed to proceed in the case were "irretrievably damaged and could not be restored," the paper reported.