1 Nov 2011

Delay to trial of former Egyptian president

1:00 pm on 1 November 2011

The trial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been postponed until the end of December.

Mr Mubarak and several aides are accused of involvement in the killing of protesters during the popular uprising earlier in the year.

Two of Mr Mubarak's sons are charged with corruption.

The delay was announced as discussions continue about whether to replace the judge who is conducting the trial, the BBC reports.

Lawyers representing those killed during the uprising have complained that the panel has not given them adequate time to question Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, who heads the army council now ruling Egypt.

The lawyers are pushing for another judge to replace the panel's head, Judge Ahmed Refax.