News / Africa

Egyptian Judge Orders Military Chief to Testify in Mubarak Trial

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak being taken to the courtroom for another session of his trial in Cairo, Egypt, September 7, 2011.
Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak being taken to the courtroom for another session of his trial in Cairo, Egypt, September 7, 2011.

An Egyptian judge has summoned the head of the ruling military council and several other high-ranking officials to testify at the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak.

The judge on Wednesday ordered Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi to testify in a closed session set to begin on Sunday.

Tantawi served as Mubarak's intelligence chief. Earlier this month, the former president's lawyers requested that Tantawi testify. They argued that he effectively "took control" of the country after January 28, when troops were deployed to Cairo to disperse anti-government protesters.

The judge has also summoned officials that include former Vice President Omar Suleiman and Lieutenant General Sami Enan to testify in closed sessions next week.

Prosecutors say Mubarak ordered the killing of 850 protesters during the uprising that led to his February resignation. He has pleaded not guilty to charges. He is also accused of corruption and abuse of power.

Mubarak arrived in the Cairo courtroom Wednesday on a stretcher, just as he has for previous sessions during which he lay on a bed inside the court's large metal cage.

In another development, Egyptian authorities detained a prosecution witness on charges of perjury after he allegedly changed his story concerning the use of live ammunition on protesters.

Officials said Wednesday that police chief Mohammed Abdel-Hakim denied any knowledge of security forces being equipped with live ammunition in late January as they tried to crack down on dissent. But prosecutors say Abdel-Hakim had previously stated that he knew live ammunition was used.

At Monday's court session, a top police official said he was not aware of any order to shoot live ammunition at protesters. Prosecution lawyers were visibly stunned by the testimony from General Hussein Moussa, which bolstered claims by Mubarak's backers that he did not orchestrate the violence.  

Prosecutors accused Moussa of changing his story from the affidavit he had initially submitted to the court.  

Mubarak is being tried along with former interior minister Habib al-Adly and six deputies.

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

You May Like

Ukraine Purges Interior Ministry Leadership With Pro-Russian Ties

Interior Minister Avakov says 91 people 'in positions of leadership' have been fired, including 8 generals found to have links to past pro-Moscow governments More

US Airlines Point to Additional Problems of any Ebola Travel Ban

Airline officials note that even under travel ban, they may not be able to determine where passenger set out from, as there are no direct flights from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone More

Nigerian President to Seek Another Term

Goodluck Jonathan has faced intense criticism for failing to stop Boko Haram militants More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukrainei
X
Al Pessin
October 25, 2014 4:21 PM
Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukraine

Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.
Video

Video US ‘Death Cafes’ Put Focus on the Finale

In contemporary America, death usually is a topic to be avoided. But the growing “death café” movement encourages people to discuss their fears and desires about their final moments. VOA’s Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's first Ebola orphanage has opened in the Kailahun district. Hundreds of children orphaned since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak face stigma and rejection with nobody to care for them. Adam Bailes reports for VOA about a new interim care center that's aimed at helping the growing number of children affected by Ebola.

All About America

AppleAndroid