Decision on Mubarak judge replacement postponed to October

The Cairo Appeals Court on Tuesday postponed to 22 October its decision on a request to replace the judges handling the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak.

Mubarak, along with former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and six security officials, faces charges related to killing protesters during the January uprising that ended his rule in February.

Lawyers representing victims' families requested the change.

On Saturday, the head of Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi gave his testimony in the case before the Cairo Criminal Court.

Press reports hinted that Tantawi's account favored the toppled president.

During Saturday's session, plaintiff lawyers demanded a change in judges. Judge Ahmed Refaat then decided to postpone the trial sessions to debate the request.

If the demand is turned down, the trial will resume on 30 October.

Plaintiff lawyers have complained that the judges have not been giving them enough time to question witnesses and have been denying some plaintiffs access to the courtroom.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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