January 04, 2012

Prosecutors to resume their case in Hosni Mubarak's trial

From Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, For CNN
January 4, 2012

Former president Hosni Mubarak lies on a stretcher as he leaves court in Cairo on January 2.
Former president Hosni Mubarak lies on a stretcher as he leaves court in Cairo on January 2.
Cairo (CNN) -- Prosecutors are scheduled to continue their case Wednesday in the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who is accused of ordering protesters killed during the country's uprising last year.
The former president also faces corruption charges. He has pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors started presenting their case Tuesday with their opening statements.
"Mubarak is a tyrant who aimed to hand the rule to his younger son Gamal, who promoted corruption in Egypt, allowing his friends and relatives to destroy the country without accountability," Suleiman told the court, according to Khaled Abu Bakr, a civil rights lawyer involved in the trial.

As during his previous appearances, Mubarak was wheeled into the courtroom on a stretcher, with a green blanket draped over him.

After hearing Suleiman speak for an hour Tuesday, the judge adjourned the court until Wednesday.

Abu Bakr said he expected a verdict "before January 25, the anniversary of the revolution," referring to the beginning of the uprising that ended Mubarak's 30-year rule in February.

Many Egyptians are critical of the court proceedings and some worry that Mubarak may be acquitted of the murder charges. Five police officers accused of killing protesters were acquitted last week.

Mubarak's health has been in question since his detention began in April after reports of his cancer and heart problems surfaced in the media.

Former Egyptian Interior Minister Habib El Adly, six of his aides and two of Mubarak's sons are also on trial on a variety of charges.

Sons Gamal and Alaa have also pleaded not guilty.

About 840 people died and more than 6,000 were wounded in the 18 days of uprising that toppled Mubarak, according to Amnesty International.

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