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Arabs react to Mubarak trial

Wednesday, August 03, 2011 - 02:02

Aug 3 - Residents of Egypt, Lebanon and Gaza weigh in on the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who is facing charges of conspiring to kill protesters. Travis Brecher reports.

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Emotions run high as Egypt's deposed President Hosni Mubarak stands trial in Cairo. Along with his two sons and former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly, he is facing charges of conspiring to kill protesters. As Egyptians watch TV screens in downtown Cairo, many are doubtful that the trial will achieve justice. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPTIAN WATCHING TRIAL AT CAFÉ, MAHMOUD SAID, SAYING: "Where is this trial you're talking about? If a poor person did something wrong they would skin him the next day. But they're not poor - nobody will criticize them. But we are the poor ones - yes, they'll punish us, hang us and cut us up because we made a mistake." An Egyptian labourer working in Lebanon disagrees; he says no man - not even Mubarak - is above the law. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic)EGYPTIAN LABORER, SAYING: "''He is not better than anybody else, and he is not above the law. He is like any other citizen, he is an Egyptian citizen. He is not the president anymore and there is no more slavery, that's it. History has changed. The history of Egypt has changed.'' Across Egypt's border in the Gaza Strip, residents welcome the trial - some saying they're happy for the people of Egypt. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) RESIDENT OF GAZA, RAMADAN NIRAB, SAYING: "Today is the best day for Egyptians because it is the result of the January 25 Revolution. This leader was controlling and unjust, and for 30 years was against the Egyptian people." Mubarak is the first Arab leader to stand trial in person since popular uprisings swept the region and, if convicted, could face the death penalty. Travis Brecher, Reuters

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Arabs react to Mubarak trial

Wednesday, August 03, 2011 - 02:02