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Mubarak appears in Cairo court

Wednesday, August 03, 2011 - 01:45

Aug. 3 - Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak enters a Cairo court on charges of conspiring to kill protesters. Travis Brecher reports.

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A feeble Hosni Mubarak arrives at a Cairo courthouse in his first public appearance in months. The former Egyptian president is on trial for conspiring to kill protesters during the 18-day revolution that resulted in his downfall. His two sons and former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly are also in court facing similar charges. Mubarak had been in custody at a Sharm el-Sheikh hospital, purportedly too sick to be held in prison. But many Egyptians saw his illness as a ploy so the ruling military generals could avoid publicly humiliating the war veteran. Earlier Wednesday a helicopter carrying the deposed leader arrived at the court compound amid tight security, after he was flown by airplane from the Red Sea resort town where he was being held. And as his convoy pulled into the complex clashes broke out between pro and anti-Mubarak demonstrators - with each group hurling stones at the other. A small group of pro-Mubarak protesters were seen chanting "Oh Mubarak, hold your head high". While opposing groups chanted "Raise your voice, freedom will not die". Mubarak is the first Arab leader to face trial following the uprisings in the region. If convicted, he could face a maximum penalty of death. Travis Brecher, Reuters

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Mubarak appears in Cairo court

Wednesday, August 03, 2011 - 01:45