August 17th, 2011 by Editor
On August 15, 2011, Cairo Court postponed the trial of Mubarak, the former Egyptian President, and his sons, Gamal and Ala, and the escaping businessman Hussein Salim, who were charged for murdering and injuring civil protesters during the revolution to September 5, 2011. The charges also included using their powers and causing harm to the state properties in order to gain private profits. The session was postponed to September 5, 2011 to enable the lawyers who call for the victims’ civil rights to review the evidences and copy the lawsuit file. The court committed the prosecutor general office to bring the accused people to the next court session.
EOHR field unit’s lawyers have been following the lawsuit no. 3642, year 2011, Kasr Al Nile that was discussed by judge Ahmed Fahmy Refat in the court session held in the Police Academy in Al Tagamoa Al Khames District.
The court session witnessed clashes between the lawyers who call for the victims’ civil rights and the accused people’s lawyers. The judge came late to the session room, after he was informed that people calmed down.
On August 3, 2011 the court postponed the session to August 15, 2011 to allow the lawyers who call for the victim’s civil rights to review the evidences and copy the lawsuit file. So, Judge Ahmed Refat, the head of the session accepted the lawyer’s demand and allowed all the lawyers, registered in the Egyptian Bar Association, to attend the session. He also called the lawyers who call for the victims’ civil rights to submit all their applications to be discussed by the court members. By the end of the session the court issued the following decisions:
– Adding the lawsuit no. 3642, year 2011, Kasr Al Nile to the lawsuit no. 1227, year 2011 Kasr Al Nile, to be discussed together.
– Registration of all the victim’s civil rights’ applications
– Allowing the lawyers who call for the victims’ civil rights to review the files of the two lawsuits and their evidences
– Allowing the lawyers of the accused persons to complete reviewing the lawsuits’ files
– Allowing the Administrative Monitoring Authority to obtain an official copy of the invistigations on Sharm El Sheikh Villas owned by the former president’s families
– The prosecutor general office should call the witnesses to attend the next court session on September 5, 2011. The witnesses include Hussein Said Mohamed Mosa, Emad Badry said Mohamed, Basem Mohamed Hassan and Mahmoud Galal Abdel Hamed
– Banning live broadcasting of the next court sessions starting September 5, 2011 until having the court decision, for the general good
EOHR welcomes joining the two lawsuits, but it expresses worry for Banning live broadcasting of the next court sessions starting September 5, 2011 until having the court decision. Broadcasting makes the public feel that the trial of President Mubarak and the corruption members is serious. EOHR suggests recording the court sessions in order to be reviewed, and then the court can broadcast what does not affect the general good.
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