Monday, 27 June 2011

Clashes Erupt after Trial of Egypt ex-minister Postponed

Local Editor
The delays in the trial of Egyptian ex-interior minister prompt hundreds of angry Egyptians to clash with anti-riot police outside the courtroom on Sunday.

Habib Adly, one of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak's regime, along with six other defendants are accused of ordering the shooting of protesters during an 18-day popular uprising that toppled Mubarak.

Sunday's session was postponed and a new hearing scheduled for July 25 pending a decision by the court of appeals on whether to allow more judges to attend the trial as requested by one of the defense lawyers.

The protesters, mainly relatives of people killed during the popular uprising that toppled Mubarak and his regime, threw rocks at police before Sunday's hearing started and after it was adjourned.

An official inquiry said at least 846 people died in the unrest, most of them from gunshot wounds.
A May 21 hearing was also postponed after a courtroom scuffle broke out.
Last month, a court sentenced Adly to 12 years in jail for corruption.

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