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Egyptians split over Mubarak trial legitimacy.

Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 01:59

Aug. 14 - Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, accused of conspiring to kill protesters, returns to court as some Egyptians question the trial's legitimacy. Katharine Jackson reports.

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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on a hospital gurney inside a courtroom cage....the scene transfixed crowds of Egyptians during the ousted leader's first court appearance. Less than two weeks later, Mubarak is due back in court on Monday, accused of corruption and involvement in killing protesters. He was driven from power by protesters in February after 30 years. Muslim Brotherhood member Essam el-Arian says the trial opens a new chapter for Egypt. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SENIOR MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD MEMBER ESSAM EL-ARIAN SAYING: "The trial of Mubarak is a crossroads between old and new Egypt. The new Egypt that is being reborn is a state of laws, a state of justice, a state of liberties, a state where the highest placed official, even the president can stand in front of a court to be judged on his deeds or whatever charges have been attributed to him. A state to mark the end of the era of Pharaohs." Others doubt the trial's legitimacy...seeing it as a way for the military council that took over when Mubarak quit to placate demonstrators and maintain their power. Political activist Amr Shobashy. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPTIAN ACTIVIST AMR SHOBASHY SAYING: "The state of the Egyptian judiciary during Mubarak's era is quite clear from the way the judge shouts at lawyers, or tells them 'pass the microphone on to your colleague'… what we have seen does not even come close to a scene that could reassure you. We have not even begun to speak about the fairness of the judge - we are talking about the judicial system, and there is a difference." Mubarak is the first Arab leader to stand trial in person since popular uprisings swept the Middle East this year. Katharine Jackson, Reuters.

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Egyptians split over Mubarak trial legitimacy.

Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 01:59