Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Mubarak in court as trial resumes

The trial of former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak has resumed

Egypt's ousted leader Hosni Mubarak has returned to a Cairo courtroom for the resumption of his trial after a three-month break.

Mubarak is charged with complicity in the deaths of nearly 840 protesters in the crackdown against a popular uprising, which ended with his ousting on February 11. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

Egyptian TV showed footage of the 83-year-old, covered by a green blanket and lying on a hospital trolley.

He arrived by helicopter and was taken by ambulance for the short ride to the courthouse.

Mubarak has been under arrest in a hospital since April.

The trial's last hearing was in September when the head of the military council, which took power after Mubarak was ousted, gave evidence in a closed-door session.

The session lasted for only a few hours and then the judge adjourned the trial again until January 2.

The judge received new requests from defence lawyers to expand the case to include other incidents of violence and deaths of protesters since Mubarak's ousting.

Mubarak's lawyers argued that killings of protesters continued even after he stepped down and asked for this to be considered evidence that he is not the one responsible for the killings.

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