Politics

Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stands trial

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This image taken from an Al Jazeera English video shows Hosni Mubarak lying on a hospital bed inside a cage in a courtroom in Cairo on Wednesday.

The ailing ex-president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, was wheeled in a hospital bed into a courtroom cage to stand trial for allegedly ordering the killing of protesters calling for his resignation.

Inside the courtroom, a police academy which once carried the name of ousted dictator, the judge, Ahmed Rifaat, read the formal charges against Mubarak. Mubarak swiftly denied the accusations from his bed and handed the microphone to his son, Gamal, who is also facing charges.

The other defendants in the case are Mubarak’s two sons, Gamal and Alaa, former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly and six other senior police officers. If convicted, the 83-year-old Mubarak will face the death penalty.

The trial, which is public and was widely broadcast across Egypt. Both Mubarak's opponents and supporters watched the trial proceedings on a big screen outside of the courtroom.

"Thirty years of corruption, at least we can see justice is taking place," said a woman who did not want to be named, in a CNN report. "I don't know how Mubarak sleeps, when he was responsible for 80 million people and he did not do his job."

Mubarak's trial is a milestone for the Egyptian people who took to Cairo's Tahrir Square in February calling for the resignation of the president. The Egyptian protests were part of the "Arab Spring" uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East. Other countries affected by the mass demonstrations for increased democracy include Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Syria and Morocco.

 
 

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    This image taken from an Al Jazeera English video shows Hosni Mubarak lying on a hospital bed inside a cage in a courtroom in Cairo on Wednesday.

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    Egyptians calling for the death penalty for former President Hosni Mubarak carry posters showing Egypt's ousted president behind a noose as they gather outside the court on August 3, 2011.

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    Marwan Naamani

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    An Egyptian woman, who was related to the victims killed during the period leading up to the ouster of the former President Hosni Mubarak and his government, holds a sign outside the police academy where the trial opened on August 3, 2011.

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    Khaled Desouki

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    An anti-Mubarak Egyptian holds a noose as he and others watch a large screen showing live the first day of the trial of Egypt's former president outside the police academy on the outskirts of Cairo, on August 3, 2011.

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    Khaled Desouki

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    Egyptians look at Habib al-Adly, former Interior Minister of the Mubarak government, as they watch outside the court set up in the Cairo Police Academy, on August 3, 2011.

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    Marwan Naamani

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    Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak hold his picture and shout slogans outside the police academy where Mubarak's trial opened on the outskirts of Cairo on August 3, 2011.

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    Khlaed Desouki

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    Mubarak when he was still in power. A photo from September 1, 2010 shows ex-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas listen to U.S. President Barack Obama make a statement on Middle East peace delivered in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

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    Astrid Riecken

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    Another photo of Hosni Mubarak when he was Egypt's president. Here he speaks to the media following talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Chancellery (Bundeskanzleramt) on March 4, 2010 in Berlin, Germany.

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    Sean Gallup