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Trial of Egypt's Mubarak postponed until Dec. 28

CAIRO — The trial of Egypt's ousted leader, Hosni Mubarak, on charges of complicity in the killing of more than 800 protesters this year was adjourned on Sunday until Dec. 28.

Mubarak's trial began nearly three months ago, and the lengthy adjournment was certain to frustrate leaders of the anti-Mubarak protest movement who want to see the former leader and his co-defendants — his two sons, security chief and six top police officers — brought swiftly to justice.

Mubarak stepped down in February after a popular uprising. Reformers are frustrated by what they see as the slow progress by Egypt's military rulers to liberalize the system.

The adjournment is to allow time for another court to rule on a request by victims' lawyers to remove the three-judge panel in Mubarak's trial. The lawyers claim the judges are biased. That ruling is expected on Thursday.

Mubarak, his two sons, former security chief and the six police officers sat in the defendants' cage for Sunday's 10-minute hearing. If convicted, Mubarak could face the death penalty. Mubarak and his sons also face corruption charges.

An 18-day uprising forced Mubarak to step down Feb. 11.

Trial of Egypt's Mubarak postponed until Dec. 28 10/30/11 [Last modified: Sunday, October 30, 2011 10:07pm]
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