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Trial of Egypt's ex-president postponed to Jan. 17

(Xinhua)

13:43, January 11, 2012

CAIRO, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- The Cairo Criminal Court continued the trial of former president Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday to hear the arguments of the lawyers for the civil plaintiffs. The trial was then postponed to next Tuesday.

Lawyer Sayed Fathi accused the Interior Ministry of plotting to spoil evidence given the ministry's reluctance to assist the general prosecution in its investigations, official MENA news agency reported.

Mubarak had all the powers to stop the killing of peaceful demonstrators but obviously he refused to do so, said Fathi.

Some lawyers demanded the charges against Mubarak, Adli and their co-defendants be changed from complicity in the killing of protesters into premeditated murder, the agency reported.

They said that according to a testimony by former interior minister Mansour Eissawi, the order of shooting at protesters could not have been given by anyone except Mubarak.

Mubarak, former interior minister Habib el-Adli and Adli's six assistants, face charges of ordering and complicity in killing protestors. Meanwhile, Mubarak, his two sons Alaa and Gamal, and fugitive businessman Hussein Salem are accused of corruption, profiteering, and export gas to Israel at very low prices.

The trial will give the floor to the defendants from Jan. 17 until Feb. 16.

During the previous sessions, public prosecutors have demanded death penalty for Mubarak and other defendants in the case of killing protestors.

The defendants have appeared at court several times since their trial began on Aug. 3, last year. Head of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces Hussein Tantawi and former vice president Omar Suleiman have testified in previous sessions.

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