CAIRO - The Associated Press
Egyptian ousted president Hosni Mubarak. AFP photo
An Egyptian court has turned down a request by lawyers to appoint a new panel of judges in the trial of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak.
Lawyers representing the families of protesters killed during the uprising filed the request in September after the head of the military council that took power after Mubarak's fall testified in closed-door session.
The court did not immediately explain Wednesday why it rejected the lawyers' request.
Mubarak is charged with complicity in the deaths of nearly 840 protesters in the crackdown against the uprising, which ended with his ouster on Feb. 11. He could face the death penalty if convicted.
The trial to resume on Dec. 28.