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Mubarak trial adjourned to October 19

Cairo, Sep 14 (): An Egyptian court on Saturday adjourned the retrial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak to October 19, over involvement in killing peaceful protesters during January 25th revolution in 2011 that ousted him.

Judge Rachidi had promised more transparency with the retrial. He further added that all journalists would be barred from the next hearings and forbidden from quoting lawyers.

Apart from the killing of peaceful protesters, Mubarak also faces charges of squandering public funds by selling natural gas to Israel at below market prices.

In June last year, he had been convicted of involvement in the deaths of the protesters and sentenced to life in prison, but a retrial was ordered in January after he appealed.

In his first trial in June 2012, Mubarak was sentenced to life, but later the Court of Cassation ordered his retrial which started on May 11.

A footage showed Mubarak appearing in the court in a wheelchair. He was dressed in a jacket, lined shirt and wearing dark sunglasses. This visit was his second appearance in the court since his release from Cairo’s Tora prison last month.

Mubarak’s two sons, Alaa and Gamal, former interior minister Habib Al Adli and six of his aides, and fugitive businessman Hussein Salem are also involved in the case.

All suspects, except Hussein Salem, a close friend of Mubarak who has left Egypt before Mubarak’s downfall, attended the trial.

Mubarak waved his hands to his supporters as he entered the courtroom, while his confidence seemed to be high, said reporters.

The ousted president was released in August after a court accepted his appeal against corruption charges. He was placed under house arrest at a military hospital in Cairo.

Since his first court attendance in August 2011, Mubarak has been treated for a range of disorders including a heart condition and depression. He was even reported to have slipped into a coma last year.