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Hosni Mubarak trial resumes in Egypt

Cairo, Aug 14 (): The murder trial of the former Egyptian autocrat Hosni Mubarak called the ‘trial of the century’ resumed on Wednesday and in the court the former President said he did not order the killing of protesters in 2011.

Hosni Mubarak came to the court shortly after noon for the trial session on murder charges. He came late to the court as bad weather stuck his helicopter.

In 2012, Mubarak was awarded life in prison sentence for involvement in deaths of protesters and breakdown of law and order during the 18-day revolt, but a petitions court later ordered a retrial. On those charges, he was freed, but is now serving another three-year sentence at a military hospital in Maadi district of Cairo for embezzlement.

Mubarak is on trial with his senior officials and his sons, Alaa and Gamal. He denied the charges slapped on him and stated he had loyally served for the country for about 62 years, first as a military officer and later as president.

Interior minister, Habib El-Adly, under Hosni Mubarak, has sustained that the uprising of 2011 was a “plot” rather than popular revolt and he continued to give evidence in his specific defense on Wednesday.

While speaking in television programme aired live, El-Adly said that the “foreign elements,” in conspiracy with Egyptian Bedouins in the border Sinai region, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, stole arms and police uniforms, and killed protesters in a plot to topple the security apparatus.

El-Adly continued to repeat that 25 January was not a revolution, unlike the 30 June protests. Insisting that January 25 revolution was a plan devised by Americans and Muslim Brotherhood against the security forces and the state, El-Adly said that the 25 January revolution was a detriment to police forces.

Habib El-Adly is the longest serving interior minister in the history of Egypt as well as the most provocative, appointed in 1997 and holding the post until the 2011 uprising which overthrew president Hosni Mubarak.

The proceedings have been adjourned to 27 September, and a verdict in the murder trial of Hosni Mubarak is expected on that day.