Speculation is reportedly mounting that charges against ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak could be dismissed as his trial resumes in Cairo.
Mubarak, 83, is charged with corruption and involvement in the deaths of more than 800 protesters during the uprising that toppled his 29-year regime last year.
His sons Gamal and Alaa are simultaneously on trial, as are Mubarak's former security chief and six top police commanders, charged with giving orders to kill protesters in Tahrir Square during the 18-day uprising, during which about 850 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured..
Egyptian prosecutors are preparing to present their final arguments as early as Tuesday at a court in Cairo, according to VOA.
The ailing former leader was brought by helicopter to the Cairo courthouse from a hospital where he is held in custody, carried into the courthouse on a stretcher.
The Associated Press wrote that the recent acquittal of policemen tried in the killings of protesters could be a prelude to Mubarak's acquittal:
Another Cairo court on Thursday acquitted five policemen of charges of killing five protesters in the capital’s el-Sayedah Zeinab district during the Jan. 25-Feb. 11 uprising. The court said three of the defendants were not at the site of the killings while the other two fired on protesters in self defense.
Lawyers for families of protesters killed say they fear rulings last week will lead to Mubarak's acquittal and have also unsuccessfully sued to have presiding judge Ahmed Refaat and the two other judges, whom they claim are compromised, replaced, according to The Egyptian Gazette, cited by UPI.
The lawyers had argued the judges were not neutral and prevented lawyers from attending testimony sessions.
Meanwhile, among those called to testify at the trial Tuesday is Lt. Gen. Sami Enan, a member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces who, according to UPI, said the armed forces ignored Mubarak's order to fire at protesters on Jan. 28.
UPI reported that Assem el-Gohari, head of the Illicit Gains Authority, had also been called to give evidence on money Mubarak's family is suspected of smuggling out of Egypt.