Court rejects appeal against Mubarak trial judge

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Posted: Dec 07, 2011 7:44 AM
Court rejects appeal against Mubarak trial judge

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court turned down an appeal for a new judge in the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak, the official news agency said on Wednesday, signaling the closely-watched trial can resume later this month.

Mubarak, his two sons, the former interior minister and senior police officers face a range of charges including involvement in killing protesters and abuse of power.

Lawyers representing families of those killed in the uprising which ousted Mubarak in February filed a suit calling for presiding judge Ahmed Refaat and others on the judges' panel to be replaced.

(Reporting by Ahmed Tolba and Tamim Elyan; Writing by Tom Pfeiffer; Editing by Mark Heinrich)