The trial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been adjourned until 5 September. The prosecution has also asked for his case to be linked with that of Habib al Adli, former Minister of Interior, who is accused of giving the order to kill protesters.
Mubarak is also charged with conspiring to kill protesters during the uprising that began in January and forced him to resign. He could face the death penalty if convicted. The former leader and his two sons, Alaa and Gama, are also charged with corruption. Mubarak’s defence team want 1,600 witnesses to appear.
Mubarak arrived at court in Cairo by ambulance on Monday morning, and like his previous appearance earlier this month, was wheeled in on a stretcher and remained lying down.
Outside the building, scuffles broke out between Mubarak’s supporters and those who want to see him face justice. Some had been out as early as 6am local time. Police were forced to erect a barrier separating the two groups as they traded insults and threw rocks.
Authorities say about 5,000 police are providing security for the trial and access into the courtroom has been limited.
More than eight hundred people died and over 6,000 were wounded in the 18 days of uprising that toppled Mubarak.
Mubarak trial adjourned in Egypt