Mubarak wheeled into court as trial resumes
02 January 2012, 15:53
Cairo - Egypt's fallen dictator Hosni Mubarak was
wheeled into court on a stretcher as his trial for the deaths of
protesters resumed on Monday, live footage broadcast by state television
Mubarak, 83, is being treated in a military hospital for a heart condition between sessions of the trial.
He faces execution if he is convicted of ordering the killings of protesters during the uprising that overthrew him in February.
trial resumed last week after a three month hiatus that saw the
country's first parliamentary election since his ouster and a spike in
deadly protests against the generals who took charge after his
During the break, lawyers for Mubarak's alleged
victims had tried to dismiss chief judge Ahmed Refaat, whom they accused
of bias towards the defence, but failed.
Mubarak, also charged
with corruption, shares the defendants' cage with his former interior
minister Habib al-Adly, six former security chiefs and his two sons Alaa
and Gamal, who face graft charges.
The hearings began on August 3
after months of protests to pressure the military rulers to place the
strongman, who ruled for three decades, on trial along with former
But relatives of his alleged victims say their
hopes to see him sentenced have been dashed by a string of prosecution
witnesses who mostly confirmed the defence's case that Mubarak never
gave orders to shoot protesters.
The most senior witness, a
former assistant to the interior minister, said that Adly had ordered
police to use tear gas and water cannon against protesters during the
most violent day of protests on January 28.
Field Marshal Hussein
Tantawi, Mubarak's former defence minister who is now the country's
military ruler, testified in camera. The court issued a gag order on his
testimony, but lawyers say he did not incriminate Mubarak.