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Mubarak, sons face criminal trial in August

From Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, For CNN
Hosni Mubarak is accused of consenting to a plan to kill protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square on January 25.
Hosni Mubarak is accused of consenting to a plan to kill protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square on January 25.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Hosni Mubarak is accused of ordering deaths of protesters
  • His sons face charges of corruption and making illegal gains
  • Mubarak stepped down as Egypt's ruler on February 11
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Cairo (CNN) -- The criminal trial for Hosni Mubarak and his two sons has been scheduled for August 3, the attorney for the former Egyptian president said Wednesday.

Mubarak, who was forced from office in February, is accused of consenting to a plan to kill protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square on January 25. He allegedly ordered police officers to use live ammunition while they fired into a crowd.

The former president, who denies the charges, could be executed if he is convicted of ordering any killings, Egyptian Justice Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz al-Juindy said earlier this month.

Mubarak's sons, Gama and Alaa, are accused only of acquiring property at below-market prices, said Mubarak attorney Farid El Deeb. They face charges of illegal gains and corruption, said Adel Saeed, spokesman for the general prosecutor.

All three are scheduled to be tried at Cairo Criminal Court on August 3, Saeed said.

Egyptian prosecutors on Tuesday said Mubarak is too ill to be transferred to the prison hospital in Tora. The prosecutors concluded that the hospital couldn't accommodate Mubarak's needs after the former president was examined by a medical team.

It was not immediately clear if another prison facility in the country will be able to house the deposed leader.

Mubarak has been held in a hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh since mid-April, after complaining of heart palpitations and blood pressure problems. But Aly Hassan, a judicial analyst affiliated with the justice ministry, recently said Egyptian courts can proceed with a case if a defendant is in poor health.

"In previous cases, suspects appeared in court with life-support machines, so Mubarak's health now does not mean that he is paralyzed," Hassan said. "If he has heart problems and doctors indicate improvement, then he can appear in court for several hours."

Mubarak stepped down as Egypt's leader on February 11, after an 18-day uprising against his nearly three decades of iron-fisted rule. He and his family, as well as former officials in his government, have been under investigation ever since.

This week, El Deeb said that the former president is "very sad and sorry" about the allegations made against him, but has no regrets.

El Deeb denied that Mubarak gave any kind of authorization to use force or live ammunition against demonstrators calling for his removal.

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