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January 01, 2012

Prosecutors to Sum Up in Mubarak Case

Egyptian prosecutors will soon present their final arguments in the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak.

The summing up might start on Tuesday at the court in Cairo.

Mubarak is charged with corruption and involvement in the deaths of hundreds of anti-government protesters during last year's demonstrations which unseated the long-time leader.  He has pleaded not guilty.

His two sons and the former interior minister and senior police officers are co-defendants.

On Monday, defense attorneys demanded that the head of Egypt's ruling military council, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, be summoned back to court to give new testimony.  But the request was denied by the judges who adjourned the hearing until Tuesday.

The trial of the former leader restarted last week after a more than three-month suspension while the court considered a request to have the judges replaced.

Mubarak is 83 years old and doctors say he suffers from a heart condition.  He arrived at the court Monday by ambulance and was wheeled inside on a hospital bed as he has for other trial sessions.

He faces the death penalty if convicted of the murder charge.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.