16 Aug 2011

Mubarak trial adjourned

6:01 am on 16 August 2011

The judge at the trial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has adjourned the hearing for three weeks and ruled future proceedings will not be televised.

Mr Mubarak is accused of corruption and of killing hundreds of protestors during the Egyptian uprising earlier this year. He denies the charges.

The trial will now be merged with that of former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly, who is also accused of ordering the killing of protesters.

Mr Mubarak again appeared in court on a hospital bed on Monday, with his two sons, who are charged with corruption.

At least 20 people were injured in clashes outside.

Proceedings began with Judge Ahmed Rifaat struggling to maintain order in court, where more than 100 lawyers were present.

After a recess, he ordered the merger of the trial with that of Adly, announced that live TV coverage would end ''in the interest of the public'' and adjourned the case to 5 September.

Mr Mubarak, 83, resigned on 11 February after 18 days of mass protests in Tahrir Square, Cairo, during which some 850 people were killed.