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Mubarak Is Rolled Back Into Court

Posted on Dec 28, 2011
AP / Ahmed Ali

A woman holds a poster of deposed President Hosni Mubarak outside a Cairo courthouse Wednesday.

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak shielded his face from onlookers as he was wheeled into a courtroom Wednesday to resume trial on alleged abuses of power and the killing of hundreds of protesters in the uprising that ousted him earlier this year. The trial was delayed for almost two months while the court located a suitable judge.

Much of the trial, which could drag on for years, will be focused on who in Mubarak’s administration gave the orders to fire on the protesters. —ARK


... The multitude of witnesses and the complexity of the charges mean the case could drag on for months, perhaps years.

Mubarak, his two sons, the former interior minister and senior police officers face charges ranging from corruption to involvement in the deaths of hundreds of protesters in the uprising that unseated him.

“The court has responded to all the defendants’ lawyers requests,” said lawyer Khaled Abu Bakr, who represents families of people who died in the uprising. “Egypt has guaranteed for Mubarak a very fair trial, the judge has ensured that all the basics of justice are there ... no one should object the final verdict”

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