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Mubarak’s trial to be held in Cairo

Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak left the presidency on Feb. 11. Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak left the presidency on Feb. 11.
Associated Press / July 29, 2011

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CAIRO - The trial of Hosni Mubarak, his sons, and former interior minister will be held in Cairo, a top judiciary official said yesterday after the health minister declared the ousted president well enough to be brought to the capital from a hospital in the Sinai.

The announcements made it likely that the 83-year-old Mubarak will be brought back to Cairo for the first time since his Feb. 11 fall from power, when he fled to the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

An appeals judge must still formally announce the move, but according to Egyptian law, the defendant must physically appear in court.

“Egyptian law stipulates that a judge must hear the defendant’s testimony with his own ear, and physically be in the same room as the defendant,’’ said Nasser Amin, a lawyer with the Arab Center for the Independence of the Judiciary.

Deputy Justice Minister Mohammed Munie told the state news agency MENA that a final decision has been made to hold the trial in a hall at Cairo’s Convention Center.

The decision was made by representatives of the ruling military, security officials, and the industry and trade minister, who oversees the convention center.

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