Egypt’s military rulers have ordered that former president Hosni Mubarak must stand trial for his role in a crackdown that led to the killing of more than 800 people in demonstrations demanding he end his 30 years in power.
His two sons Alaa and Gamal face the same charges, which can carry a death sentence.
The public prosecutor said Mubarak, who is detained in a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, would be tried on charges including “pre-meditated killing”.
The decision was announced days before another planned demonstration in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the heart of the uprising. Activists had called for a big turnout on Friday to demand faster reforms and a public trial for Mubarak and others.
Mubarak fell ill and went to the hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh when he was first questioned in April. A medical source said on Tuesday that his condition was stable but he could not be moved to a Cairo prison hospital as it was not equipped to treat him.