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Mubarak appeal adjourned

Appeal at Court of Cassation for Hosni Mubarak and Habib Al-Adly postponed till 13 January

Mubarak appeal trial adjourned until 13 January. (AFP PHOTO)

The appeal submitted by ousted President Hosni Mubarak and former Minister of Interior Habib Al-Adly was adjourned to 13 January on Sunday after its first hearing at the Court of Cassation.

Mubarak and Al-Adly were both given 25-year life sentences in June for failing to stop the killing of peaceful protesters during the January 25th Revolution. While Mubarak wasn’t present at the trial, Al-Adly appeared in court for the hearing.

Supporters of the former president stood outside the courtroom, holding pictures and chanting in support of Mubarak and Al-Adly. The group stood inside the main hall of the High Court before standing outside the Court of Cassation, where they chanted against President Mohamed Morsy and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Dozens of supporters of Morsy also stood outside the High Court, chanting in support of the current president and the country’s new constitution.

Morsy’s supporters, made up of mostly lawyers, made their way to the office of Prosecutor General Talaat Abdallah to show their support for him. Abdallah submitted his resignation last Monday before withdrawing it on Thursday.

“I came here to support the innocence of President Mubarak and the former Interior Minister Habib Al-Adly, and [Mubarak’s sons] Alaa Mubarak, and Gamal Mubarak,” said Sheikha Magda, a vocal supporter of the former regime.

“This is a big conspiracy against the president, the Interior Ministry, the Army, and all of Egypt to occupy the country,” she added. “President Mubarak served the country for 30 years with honour.”

Mubarak and Al-Adly are currently serving their sentences in at Tora Prison. Due to health problems, Mubarak has been in the the prison’s hospital.

The Court of Cassation can accept the appeals of the two ousted government officials, in which case they would be granted retrials for their charges.

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