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Mubarak to face killing charges

Egypt's state news agency has reported that former President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons will go on trial on August 3.

The Middle East News Agency quoted a court official on Wednesday as saying Mubarak will be tried on charges of corruption and intentionally killing protesters during the 18-day uprising that ousted him on February 11.

More than 800 protesters were killed during the revolt.

On Tuesday, a government-chosen panel of physicians declared Mubarak too ill to be imprisoned while awaiting trial. The team said that Mubarak's heart condition put him at risk of a sudden attack.

The panel reported to the country's general prosecutor that the 83-year-old former president also was suffering from depression.

Mubarak has been in custody at a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh since April.

Since Mubarak stood down, tens of thousands of protesters have held protests pressing for him to go on trial.


From Belfast Telegraph