Mubarak Retrial Adjourned to Oct. 19

North Cairo Criminal Court has adjourned on Saturday the retrial of the deposed autocrat Hosni Mubarak, his two sons,  former Interior Minister Habib El-Adly, and a number of El-Adly’s aides, to 19 October.

The court has earmarked sessions on October 19, 20 and 21 to listen to testimonies from Atef Ebeid – Prime Minister under Mubarak, former Interior Minister Ahmed Gamal El-Din, current Petroleum Minister Sherif Ismail, and former member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces Major General Hassan El-Roweiny.

The three sessions will not be aired for national security reasons.

This is the seventh session in the retrial, which was ordered in January 2013.

Supporters of Mubarak gathered outside the Police Academy where the trial is being held. Mubarak was transported to the Police Academy via helicopter as per previous sessions.

The 85 year-old deposed president and El-Adly received life sentences in June 2012 for political responsibility for the killing of peaceful protesters during the January 2011 uprising that eventually led to his ouster.

Mubarak also faces charges of squandering public funds by selling natural gas to Israel at below market prices.

Earlier verdicts were overturned in January 2013 by an appeal court on grounds of procedural improprieties.

Mubarak’s first trial began in August 2011.