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Hosni Mubarak's trial to begin in Cairo

08-03-2011 13:17 BJT

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The trial of the Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who was forced out of office by mass protest in February, is due to kick off in the capital, Cairo. He is charged with corruption and ordering the killing of protesters, a charge that carries a death penalty.

Demand for faster changes is still lingering over Cairo, after a three week renewed demonstration in Tahrir Square was dispersed by armed forces.

But as millions of Egyptians count down to their ousted president's trial, some believe it might be difficult for many to see the fallen leader behind bars.

"There are a large number of Egyptians who do not want to see their president behind bars. The people are divided." But most are not. "Accountability and the death penalty. Hosni Mubarak must be executed in the square for everyone to see, in front of the entire world. We've had enough."

The former Egyptian leader will go to trial with his two sons, an ex-Interior Minister and six other former officials. Some 3-thousand soldiers and police have been drafted in to maintain order at Cairo's police academy for the trial.

Mubarak was ousted in February by a popular revolt Photo: AP

It is a very tense moment for the country. Analysts say the trial may help quell criticism of the generals now running Egypt, who some protesters suspect of protecting their former commander.

Hosni Mubarak was appointed Vice President of Egypt in 1975. He served as the fourth President of the country from 1981 to 2011. On the 11th of February this year, the 30-year ruler was ousted after 18 days of demonstrations in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Now the Square is largely vacant of protesters. But Egyptians passing by say they are eager to see Mubarak in court and in the cage where defendants in Egyptian criminal trials stand.


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Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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