The judge in the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has adjourned the trial until 5 September and said the trial would no longer be broadcast live.
Mubarak appeared in court for the second time on 15 August alongside his two sons, Alaa and Gamal who are charged with corruption. Mubarak is also charged with killing protesters during Egypt’s 18-day revolution in February. He faces the death penalty if convicted.
Judge Ahmed Rifaat was unable to maintain order in the courtroom, due to the presence of more than 100 lawyers.
Rifaat said that banning television cameras would end “in the interest of the public”. Opponents of Mubarak were angry with the decision with some saying it is proof that Mubarak has struck a deal.
Former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly’s trial will be merged with Mubarak’s when it resumes (MEED 26:7:11).
Al-Adly has already been sentenced to 12 years in prison for money laundering.