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Former Egyptian President Mubarak trail begins in Cairo

08-03-2011 16:03 BJT

The trial of the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who was forced out of office by massive protests in February, is now underway in the capital, Cairo. He is charged with corruption and ordering the killing of protesters, a charge that carries the death penalty.

Demand for faster change is still lingering over Cairo after another three-week demonstration in Tahrir Square was dispersed by armed forces.

But as millions of Egyptians are waiting to see their ousted President stand trial, some Egyptians are uneasy at the thought of seeing the former leader behind bars.

An Egyptian said, "There are a large number of Egyptians who do not want to see their President behind bars. People are divided."

But most are not.

Another Egyptian said, "Accountability and the death penalty. Hosni Mubarak must be executed in the square for everyone to witness, in front of the entire world. We've had enough."

File - In this Sunday, May 9, 2010 file photo, then Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
looks on during a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Jalal Talabani, unseen, at the
presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt. Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, 83
years old and ailing, goes on trial Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011 on charges of corruption
and ordering the killing of protesters during the 18-day uprising that toppled him,
along with his two sons Gamal and Alaa who face only corruption charges, and many
Egyptians are celebrating the chance at retribution against a longtime authoritarian
ruler. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

The former Egyptian leader is on trial with his two sons, an ex-Interior Minister and six other former officials. Some 3 thousand soldiers and police have been brought-in to maintain order at Cairo's police academy where the trial is taking place.

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


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