World Week Ahead: Mubarak Hearing Postponed; Libya’s Rebels Advance

BY Larisa Epatko  August 15, 2011 at 12:15 PM EDT


Gamal Mubarak, son of former President Hosni Mubarak, appears on TV at his trial. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images.

The judge in the trial of Egypt’s deposed President Hosni Mubarak delayed proceedings until next month, while in Libya rebels claimed to have taken a key port city in their advance toward the capital.

EGYPT | The judge overseeing Mubarak’s trial on charges he ordered people to kill anti-government protesters postponed his hearing until Sept. 5 to give his lawyers time to review documents submitted to the court.

The judge also barred television coverage of the courtroom proceedings, angering some protesters who had demanded the trial be televised.

Some lawyers backed the decision, saying it would make the trial more focused and less chaotic.

Outside the temporary courtroom, set up in a police academy building in the outskirts of Cairo, fistfights and stone-throwing had broken out between Mubarak’s supporters and detractors.

Reuters offers a timeline of Mubarak’s presidency and prosecution.

We’ll have Charles Sennott, co-founder and executive editor of the international news website GlobalPost, who recently returned from a trip to Egypt, on the broadcast this week. He revisited some of the people he interviewed in February during the height of the protests against Mubarak’s government.

LIBYA | Rebels said Monday they had overtaken the strategic port oil town of Zawiya on their march toward the capital Tripoli, which is about 30 miles away.

“Basically most of the town is under the control of rebel fighters,” the insurgents’ field commander Abdul Hamid Ismail told Agence France-Presse.

Fighting between the rebels and forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi raged over the weekend. Gadhafi urged his supporters to fight back and “prepare for the battle to liberate” the towns the rebels have overrun.

Also, Gadhafi’s Interior Minister Nassr al-Mabrouk Abdullah arrived in Cairo with nine family members on Monday, all traveling on tourist visas. When asked by the New York Times about it, Gadhafi’s Ambassador Ali Maria said he had “no information” about the arrival or a possible defection.

Libyan officials are sometimes dispatched to other countries for diplomatic reasons, but they usually do not bring their families.

SYRIA | We’re also watching developments in Syria, where residents have reported government shelling of residential neighborhoods in the city of Latakia. Human rights groups say at least 29 people are dead.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday the violence in Syria must end “immediately and without conditions or excuses,” reported the Associated Press.

“If the operations do not end, there would be nothing more to discuss about steps that would be taken,” Davutoglu said. Turkey is a former ally of Syria, and officials there have been increasingly critical of the government’s crackdown on protesters.

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