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Judge stops live Mubarak trial broadcasts

An ailing, 83-year-old Hosni Mubarak, is seen on a hospital bed inside a metal defendants cage at his historic trial on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011.
August 15, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A judge has adjourned the trial of Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak until September.

When it resumes, there will be no more live TV broadcasts from the courtroom. State TV cameras had been allowed in the courtroom for the first two hearings, but Judge Ahmed Rifaat said he decided to ban them.

Mubarak, 83, returned to court Monday on a stretcher. His health had been the subject of speculation for weeks before his trial.

Mubarak, his former security chief and six other senior officials are facing charges of corruption and complicity in the killing of protesters during Egypt's uprising.

The trial will resume Sept. 5 when the judge is expected to summon witnesses.

The trial of Mubarak, who ruled with unquestioned power for 29 years, was one of the main demands of the protesters who forced him out of office Feb. 11.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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