Judge to set verdict date Egypt ex-president Mubarak trial next week Katherine Getty at 1:12 PM ET
[JURIST] Judge Ahmed Refaat will set the date to announce his verdict in a court session next Wednesday in the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile, JURIST news archive], the judge told the court Thursday. Mubarak's lawyers will have their opportunity to make their final remarks [Reuters report] at the Wednesday court session, in which they will respond to the prosecution's arguments. Mubarak is facing charges of complicity by ordering the killings of at least 840 protesters [JURIST report] during the Egyptian revolution [JURIST news archive] early last year after which Mubarak stepped down from office [JURIST report]. If convicted, Mubarak could face the death penalty [JURIST report]. Many fear if Mubarak is given a light sentence it could spark another round of violence.
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