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Trial of Egypt ex-president Mubarak postponed

Cairo, Aug 18 (): An Egyptian court on Saturday has adjourned hearings in the retrial of former president Hosni Mubarak to August 25.

Because of the ongoing clashes and riots caused by the nationwide Islamist protests to demand the recall of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, the hearings in the retrial of former president has been postponed.

After a brief session at a makeshift courtroom in Cairo, presiding judge Mahmoud al-Rashidi announced the date of the next hearing, as Mubarak and the other suspects could not be brought from prison because of the spreading unrest.

Former president Hosni Mubarak, former Minister of Interior Habib Al-Adly and six of his assistants have been charged with killing protesters. Following a lengthy trial, they were found guilty and sentenced to life in prison last year on charges that they were complicit in the protesters’ killings. After appealing their convictions, they were arranged a new trial early this year.

Mubarak’s two sons, Alaa and Gamal, who are standing trial on corruption charges, were also absent, as was Mubarak’s former interior minister, Habib el-Adly. A security official said all of them were absent for security reasons.

It was the first time Mubarak, 85, had missed a session in the retrial, which got underway in May. The judge adjourned proceedings until August 25.

Mubarak’s health has been under argument during his trial and imprisonment. He suffered a heart attack after surrendering power and had maintained that he was physically unfit to stand trial. After spending several months in a military hospital, a public prosecutor sent him back to prison in April.

Along with the killing of the protesters, he is also charged with seizing public funds and misusing political influence. In addition, he faces a corruption charge that was not part of the original trial. Mubarak is accused of selling natural gas to neighbouring Israel for prices below fair market value.