Egypt to try Mubarak in August

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[JURIST] A trial date for former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] was set on Wednesday for August 3 at the Cairo Criminal Court [MENA report]. Mubarak, his two sons and possibly his wife will go on trial for charges released last week [JURIST report], including murder, attempted killing of protesters and other charges related to a general abuse of power [Al Jazeera report]. Mubarak’s lawyer denied all charges against him earlier this week [CNN report]:

At sentencing, Mubarak and his family could face the death penalty. Mubarak is currently being held at a hospital [Al Arabiya report] in Tora Prison, Sharm el-Sheikh. Egypt’s public prosecutor has decided not to transfer Mubarak yet, and conceded he may not be well enough to stand trial in August. Earlier this week, Mubarak was fined USD $90 million [JURIST report] for cutting off the nation’s Internet access in January.

Last week, Amnesty International reported that at least 840 people were killed [JURIST report], and more than 6,000 were injured, during the Egyptian protests. Earlier this month, an Egyptian criminal court convicted [JURIST report] the country’s former tourism minister, Zoheir Garranah, for corruption and sentenced him to five years in prison. In April, Egyptian prosecutors charged [JURIST report] former prime minister Ahmed Nazif, former finance minister Yousef Boutros and former interior minister Habib el Adly with corruption. In March, a commission of Arab and Egyptian human rights groups accused the former president [JURIST report] and the country’s police of murdering protesters during the demonstrations. The joint commission submitted their report to Egypt’s top prosecutor for further investigation. The Supreme Military Council of Egypt, which assumed power after Mubarak’s resignation, instructed Egypt’s top prosecutor to investigate the death of protesters [RIA Novosti report] during the three weeks of demonstrations in the country.

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