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TV host Ibrahim Eissa testifies as Mubarak trial reopens

Media allowed to cover hearing for the first time since September

Journalist and television host Ibrahim Eissa (AFP File Photo)
Journalist and television host Ibrahim Eissa
(AFP File Photo)


The Cairo Criminal Court on Sunday resumed its hearings for the retrial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, which also involves his sons, former interior minister Habib al-Adly, and businessman Hussein Salem, along with six of the former president’s top aides.

The defendants are facing charges of killing peaceful protesters in the 2011 demonstrations, spreading chaos, and selling natural gas to Israel at below market prices.

The hearing was to be held at the police academy in New Cairo.

Journalist and television host Ibrahim Eissa testified in front of the court concerning the incidents of 28 January, dubbed the “Friday of Anger” by the media. Eissa, a prominent opponent of the Mubarak regime, had been jailed during the former president’s rule and was one of the first to demand his prosecution for the murder of peaceful protesters.

Eissa testified that he could not confirm the nature of the injuries and killings during the revolution as he was surrounded by large crowds in middle of the protests, reported Al-Ahram

Eissa added that he had been given various bullet casings of live rounds and shotgun ammunition by young protesters, but said he did not have sufficient expertise to identify the exact type of casings.

Eissa claimed that he saw a protester assaulting a police conscript, which resulted in the conscript deserting his vehicle and removing his uniform. He added that during the fire of the NDP building, he had witnessed a group of protesters exiting the building carrying valuable items.

Also expected to testify is Brigadier General Ayman Fahim, member of the Republican Guard.

At time of writing, the court case was still ongoing.

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