Mubarak Verdict to Be Announced June 2
February 22, 2012
Egypt's high court will deliver a verdict in the case against former President Hosni Mubarak on June 2, according to a lawyer in the case.
The trial has ended, with prosecutors calling for the death penalty and Mubarak denying charges of ordering the deaths of hundreds of people who protested his rule.
Mubarak, who is ill and attended his trial by reclining in a hospital bed, might be moved to a prison hospital in the meantime. He said little during his trial, which also featured similar charges against former Interior Minister Habib El Adly.
Prosecutors called many witnesses who testified that Mubarak gave orders to soldiers to fire on unarmed protesters. Testimony from some other prosecution witnesses was more supportive of Mubarak.
More than 800 people were killed and more than 6,000 wounded in the weekslong protest against Mubarak and his government, according to international aid organizations.
Meanwhile, the last of the country's legislative elections has finished, with the last polling stations closing after a second round of voting for the Shura Council, the country's upper legislative body. Turnout for both rounds of elections for the upper house was far lower than turnout for the three rounds of elections for the lower house, the People's Assembly.
Most members of both houses were chosen either by a party-list system (two-thirds of the seats) or by direct election (one-third of the seats). All members of the lower house were elected. One-third of the Shura Council will be nominated by the new president, who is expected to be elected before June, when the ruling military council has vowed to turn over power to the president and Parliament.
Both houses are likely to be dominated by Islamist parties. The Muslim Brotherhood scored 47 percent of the seats in the People's Assembly. Also registering a strong bloc were the Al-Nur, representing the Salafist branch of Islam, which follows a very conservative doctrine.