Egypt’s Mubarak may go on trial in Cairo


The trial of Egyptian ex-president Hosni Mubarak next week on charges of murder and corruption may be held in Cairo in the presence of families of his alleged victims, newspapers said on Thursday. Judicial and security sources had earlier said Mubarak would likely be tried in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh where he is detained and is being treated in hospital for a heart condition.
Egypt’s official Al-Akhbar newspaper quoted Justice Minister Abdel Aziz al-Guindi as saying a “place has been allocated in Cairo Expo City in Cairo.” “An auditorium is being prepared to be adequate for hosting the trial of ex-president Hosni Mubarak and his sons,” he said, adding “the auditorium will be prepared for the attendance of hundreds of journalists and civil plaintiffs and the families of the martyrs.” He said that the head of Cairo’s Court of Cassation, who sets the location of trials, will announce his decision within hours.
Mubarak faces murder and corruption charges along with his sons and his former interior minister. More than 800 people were killed during the 18-day revolt that overthrew the president in February. He was arrested in April. Mubarak’s two sons, Alaa and Gamal, and his former security chief Habib al-Adli are being held in Cairo’s Tora prison, to which the ex-president himself was to be transferred.