Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's retrial starts

Shaimaa Khalil in Cairo said the judge was having difficulty controlling the court

The retrial of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has opened at a court in Cairo.

Mr Mubarak faces charges of complicity in the killings of protesters in the January 2011 uprising which overthrew him and of financial corruption. The trial has been adjourned until 8 June.

Mr Mubarak was convicted in June 2012 but a retrial was ordered on appeal.

State TV, which broadcast the trial live, said he entered court sitting on a stretcher.

The retrial began amid a tense atmosphere and high emotions in court, as the judge urged lawyers to stop shouting, the BBC's Shaimaa Khalil reports.

The prosecutor then read out a list of charges against the accused. Mr Mubarak and the others standing trial with him pleaded not guilty.

At the scene

Inside the court emotions ran high, with the judge seemingly unable to control the session amid shouting lawyers.

Outside the court, there seemed to be "Mubarak fatigue". Not many people showed up, apart from pockets of regular supporters who carried posters of the former president and called him their father, and opponents who waved banners denouncing the judiciary and political parties for failing to bring justice.

On a patch of ground someone wrote in white chalk: "Political parties have shamed the revolution."

To the families of those who died in 2011, this retrial feels like going back to square one. Inside the court, Hosni Mubarak faced the exact same charges he did two years ago. Many Egyptians are frustrated that this trial, meant to symbolise justice being served, has dragged on for two long years with no sign of progress.

The judge said that the adjournment was needed to consider new information presented by the prosecution.

The trial is being held at a police academy on the outskirts of the capital.

Mr Mubarak's first retrial collapsed in April amid chaotic scenes as the presiding judge referred the case to another court.

Judge Mustafa Hassan Abdullah said he was referring the trial to the Cairo appeals court as he felt "unease" in reviewing the case.

Mr Mubarak's former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and six aides are also being retried on the charges relating to the killing of protesters in 2011. Mr Al-Adly also faces corruption charges.

About 850 people were killed in the 2011 crackdown.

Both men successfully appealed against their convictions at Egypt's Court of Cassation, which cited procedural failings in the original trial.

Mr Mubarak's sons, Gamal and Alaa, are also being retried on corruption charges for which they were acquitted in June 2012, because of the expiry of a statute of limitations.

Mubarak trial

  • Convicted in June 2012 of conspiring in the killing of protesters in 2011 and sentenced to life
  • Found not guilty in 2012 of abusing power to amass wealth
  • Appeal against his conviction upheld in January 2013

The former president was also found not guilty of corruption.

Mr Mubarak's first trial, at which he also appeared on a stretcher, lasted 10 months.

The legal proceedings have been a long and frustrating two years for the legal teams and for the families of those killed in the uprising, our correspondent reports.

One woman Umm Moaz, whose son was killed in the uprising, told the AFP agency that she had no trust in the court.

"I have no hope that they will ensure justice for my son or any martyr. My whole life has been turned upside down," she said.

There has not been as much public interest in the retrial, in contrast with the large crowds outside his court at the time of the first trial, our correspondent adds.

Last month Mr Mubarak was transferred from a military hospital to prison after Egypt's public prosecutor deemed his health was no longer in danger.

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