The retrial of Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak on charges of conspiring to kill protesters during the 2011 uprising has been adjourned to tomorrow.
The next three court sessions will be dedicated to listening to the defense, according to the state-run Ahram Online news website.
Mubarak appeared in a Cairo court today for a retrial session on charges of conspiring to kill hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising that led to his downfall.
He attended the session despite a broken femur sustained during a fall in early July, according to the state-run Ahram Online news website.
Mubarak, 86, is being retried along with his two sons, Alaa and Gamal, and several aides. He was found guilty of conspiring to kill protesters in a verdict in June 2012 and sentenced to life in prison. His conviction was overturned in January 2013, due to procedural failings, and a retrial began in April 2013.
“Mubarak has suffered an injustice for the last three years,” the former president’s lawyer, Farid al-Deeb said in court today. “What happened in Egypt between January 25 2011 and June 30 2013 was a local and international grand conspiracy to destroy the country.”
At least 846 protesters were killed during the uprising in early 2011 and, according to a leaked report commissioned by former President Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s policemen were to blame. The Interior Ministry, which control’s Egypt’s police force, denies responsibility, and only two policemen have been jailed for their behavior during the 2011 revolution.
Mubarak was transported to court in a helicopter today, and carried behind bars on a stretcher, as he has been during previous court sessions.
The former president was sentenced in May to three years in prison for embezzling millions in public funds for lavish renovations to family properties, but has not been transferred to prison. He is under house arrest at Cairo’s Maadi hospital.