Judge in Mubarak Trial: Live TV Coverage Halted “In The Interest Of The Public”

The judge in the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has put a halt to all live television coverage of the proceedings when it reconvenes in early September.

Mubarak, who you’ll remember appeared in court on a hospital bed several weeks ago due to his ailing condition, is on trial for allegedly ordering the killing of protestors when the country began to organize against the ruling regime back in January. If found guilty, the dictator could get the death penalty.

The BBC explains:

After a recess, Judge [Ahmed] Refaat ordered the merger of the trials, announced that live TV coverage would end “in the interest of the public” and adjourned the case to 5 September.

Observers said the decision to halt live TV should make the work of the court easier, although opponents of Mr Mubarak outside appeared angry.

One of them, Sherif Mohamed, told Reuters: “Preposterous! The case is necessary for public opinion. Not airing it live means there is a deal with Mubarak.”

Judge Refaat also ordered that Mubarak’s trial be merged with the trial of former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly. Al-Adly has already been sentenced to 12 years in prison for money laundering, but he is currently on trial for ordering the killings of Egyptian protestors. Lawyers representing the protestors’ families were demanding that the two cases be merged, so while objecting to the ruling on TV coverage, they applauded the judge’s decision in this case.

Watch the AP’s report of the trial proceedings below:

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