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Egypt's former President Mubarak appears in court

08-03-2011 16:09 BJT

The trial of Egypt's former President, Hosni Mubarak, has started in Cairo. Mubarak was forced to leave power in February after massive protests and violence.

Mubarak arrived in Cairo earlier Wednesday morning local time from a Sharm el-Sheikh hospital where he was being treated for a heart condition. The trial was originally going to be held in a convention center in Cairo, but the authorities moved the location to the police academy, out of security concerns.

The former president of Egypt for close to 30 years is charged with corruption, and ordering the killing of protestors, a charge which carries the death penalty. His sons Alaa and Gamal, former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and other former officials will also face the court.

Earlier, Mubarack's lawyer said the former leader was too ill to stand trial. But some Egyptians suspect Mubarak's lawyer, and others close to him, of exaggerating the extent of his health problems to delay the proceedings.

Some 3,000 soldiers and police have been called-in to maintain order at Cairo's Police Academy during the trial. Mubarak has been under arrest at a hospital in the coastal town of Sharm el-Sheikh since April. He was flown to the police academy just before the proceedings began.


Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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