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© Screen grab of Egyptian state television

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-08-25

An Egyptian court adjourned former president Hosni Mubarak’s retrial until September 14 on Sunday, shortly after he appeared in court to face charges of inciting the killing of protesters during the country’s 2011 popular uprising.

Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak appeared at a court in the capital Cairo on Sunday on charges of inciting the murder of protesters, days after he was released from prison and placed under house arrest. His trial has been adjourned until September 14. 

Mubarak, 85, who left prison on Thursday after judges ordered his release, appeared in the defendants’ cage in a wheelchair, wearing sunglasses and dressed in white, along with his two sons Gamal and Alaa and former interior minister Habib al-Adly.

The ousted president was sentenced to life in prison last year for inciting the killing of protesters during the revolt against him, but an appeals court ordered a retrial.

The government used a state of emergency it declared earlier this month to place Mubarak under house arrest, apparently to forestall any popular anger if he had simply walked free.

Meanwhile, the trial of three prominent Muslim Brotherhood members, including the movement’s supreme leader Mohamed Badie, was also adjourned until October 29 because the defendants were unable to attend.

Badie, and his two deputies, Khairat al-Shater and Rashad Bayoumy, did not appear in court for security reasons, according to judicial sources.

The three men face charges including incitement to violence, in connection with an anti-Brotherhood demonstration outside the group’s Cairo headquarters in late June in which nine people were killed and 91 wounded.

The protest took place a few days before the military deposed Egypt’s first freely elected president, Mohammed Morsi, on July 3.

More than 1,000 people, including about 100 soldiers and police, have died in violence across the country since Morsi’s fall, making it the bloodiest civil unrest in the republic’s 60-year history.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

Date created : 2013-08-25

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