Live updates: Mubarak sentencing set to begin shortly
The historic trial of toppled President Hosni Mubarak is set to wrap up today when the presiding judge, Ahmed Refaat, hands down a verdict. The trial began in August 2011 and was adjourned on 22 February when Refaat declared that a verdict will be pronounced on 2 June. The former president could face a variety of punishments, up to the death penalty, for charges of conspriing to kill protesters during the uprising in January and February 2011. His former Minister of Interior Habib al-Adly faces the same charges in the same trial. Mubarak, along with his sons Gamal and Alaa, are also charged with corruption for involvement in selling state land at below-market prices. The trial is being held at the Police Academy in the Fifth Settlement on the eastern outskirts of Cairo.
9:30 am: The helicopter carrying the former president has arrived at the Police Academy.
9:20 am: Judge Refaat has arrived at the court room. The former president, who will be transported to the court by helicopter, has not yet arrived.
9:00 am: The session is set to start momentarily. Heavy security is deployed outside the police academy. Families of martyrs' have gathered outside, anxiously awaiting a verdict.
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