Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Mubarak Goes on Trial in Egypt

CAIRO—Egypt's deposed President Hosni Mubarak arrived in court Wednesday to stand trial on charges of ordering the killing of revolutionary protesters, in a prosecution that is without precedent in the Middle East's modern history and that has divided the nation's public opinion.
The first Arab leader overthrown by his own people to face justice, Mr. Mubarak, 83 years old, was ferried by military aircraft from his hospital bed in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el Sheikh. A white ambulance helicopter Wednesday morning deposited the former president at the trial's venue, the Police Academy in Cairo's outskirts. There, he was wheeled on a stretcher into a specially constructed metal cage for defendants.

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