Mubarak verdict set to come in June

Egypt's Hosni Mubarak is on trial on charges of corruption and ordering the deaths of hundreds of protesters.

Story highlights

  • Ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak has been on trial for seven months
  • Mubarak is accused of ordering the deaths of protesters
  • Egypt's popular uprising ended three decades of dictatorship
  • Prosecutors say they are seeking the death penalty
A final verdict and sentencing in the case against deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will come June 2, an attorney for the victims said Wednesday.
The ailing Mubarak has been on trial on charges of corruption and ordering the deaths of hundred of people who protested against his regime. He has denied the charges.
Khalid Abu Bakr, a civil rights lawyer representing victims' families, said he was pleased with the seven months of proceedings, dubbed the trial of the century.
"I am proud of the transparency and objectivity of this historical trial regardless of the verdict. It has met all the standards of judicial due process in comparison with court proceedings in Europe and the United States of America," Bakr said.
Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty for Mubarak, who was forced from office in February 2011 after three decades of autocratic rule.
Mubarak may be moved to a prison hospital while he awaits a verdict, said Adel Saeed, spokesman for the general prosecutor's office.
Prosecutor Mustafa Suleiman said Mubarak was responsible for the violence against Egyptians during the 18-day revolt.
"As president, Mubarak was responsible for protecting all Egyptian citizens. He didn't take the appropriate measures to carry out his duty to stop the bloodshed and the acts of violence against the Egyptian people," Suleiman said.
Also on trial are Mubarak's two sons and other members of his regime.
About 840 people died and more than 6,000 were wounded in the unrest that toppled Mubarak, according to Amnesty International.
Farid El Deeb argued for the Mubarak family and Habib El Adly, the former minister of interior also standing trial for murder charges.
El Adly called the case a plot against Egypt fomented by people who used the protesters as pawns. He denied giving orders to shoot. Mubarak said little.
"I have nothing to add to Mr. Farid El Deeb's defense," he told the court.