Judge summons Egypt’s military rule to testify in Mubarak trial

The judge in the trial of Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday summoned the top brass in Egypt’s new ruling military council and his former vice-president to testify in closed sessions on the ousted leader’s role in putting down protests against his rule.

CAIRO, Egypt — The judge in the trial of Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday summoned the top brass in Egypt’s new ruling military council and his former vice-president to testify in closed sessions on the ousted leader’s role in putting down protests against his rule.

Both the defence and prosecution in the case against Mubarak and six of his top security chiefs sought the testimony of Field Marshal Mohammed Tantawi, who was Mubarak’s defence minister and is now the military ruler.

Also summoned were the military chief of staff Sami Anan and Omar Suleiman, who Mubarak appointed as his vice-president during the uprising and was his powerful intelligence chief for nearly two decades.