The trial of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, his sons and former interior minister will be held in Cairo, a top judiciary official said Thursday. According to the AP, this came after the health minister declared the toppled leader well enough to be brought to the capital from a hospital in the Sinai.
This will be the first time the 83-year-old will be brought back to Cairo for the first time since his Feb. 11 fall from power. The trial is due to start Aug. 3.
Deputy Justice Minister Mohammed Munie told the state news agency MENA that a “final decision” has been made to hold the trial in a hall at Cairo’s Convention Center. The decision was made by representatives of the ruling military, security officials and the industry and trade minister, who oversees the convention center.
Health Minister Amr Helmy gave the nod for Mubarak to be moved. “Mubarak’s health is in an appropriate condition to be tried in Cairo,” he told reporters Thursday.