Verdict due in historic Mubarak trial

2012-06-02 08:44

Cairo - Ailing former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak will learn on Saturday whether he is guilty of the murder of demonstrators during the uprising that overthrew him last year.

Mubarak, the only autocrat toppled in the Arab Spring to be put in the dock, former interior minister Habib al-Adly and six others could face the gallows if convicted of ordering the deaths of some of the estimated 850 people killed.

Chief Judge Ahmed Rifaat is expected not only to issue a verdict but pass sentence on those who are convicted.

The verdict will be broadcast live on Egyptian state television and other channels that agreed to buy its coverage.

Mubarak, his sons Alaa and Gamal and business associate Hussein Salem, who fled to Spain, are also on trial over an alleged bribe.

And the former president is also accused of selling natural gas to Israel at lower than market prices.

The session will take place in a police academy, once named after Mubarak, on Cairo's outskirts.

A security official said 5 000 policemen and 2 000 soldiers will secure the area, to which Mubarak will be helicoptered in from a military hospital.