Cairo: Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's retrial was indefinitely adjourned on Saturday after the presiding judge withdrew from the case and referred it to a lower court, triggering angry protests in the courtroom. Judge Mustafa Hassan Abdullah announced his decision to recuse himself minutes after the retrial opened at a Police Academy on the outskirts of Cairo, citing "embarrassment" over the proceedings, according to state-run news agency MENA.
Abdullah said he referred the case to the Court of Appeal amid shouting in the courtroom, where the 84-year-old former dictator had earlier been flown in by a helicopter to face the retrial over the charges linked to nearly 900 protesters' death during the 2011 uprising against his 29-year-old regime.
The judge "submitted a medical report to the head of Cairo Cassation Court stating that he has medical problems with his eyes," Mubarak's lawyer Farid El Deeb was quoted as saying in the media. Egyptian law requires a judge to recuse himself publicly.
Abdullah was presiding over the retrial of Mubarak, his two sons Alaa and Gamal, fugitive businessman Hussein Salem, ex-interior minister Habib el-Adli and six of his top aides. Mubarak's earlier trial ended in early June 2012, where he was sentenced to 25 years in prison, the maximum amount of jail time in Egypt. ...more
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