Egypt's ex-president Mubarak to return to court

By REUTERS
August 15, 2011 02:54

CAIRO - Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak returns to court on Monday to face charges of killing protesters, in a hearing that could decide if the head of the ruling military council will take the stand as a witness.

Defense lawyers say that any testimony by Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi on Mubarak's role in trying to suppress the 18-day uprising, in which more than 800 people were killed, could decide the fate of the 83-year-old.

Tantawi, who was defense minister for two decades under Mubarak, heads the military council that took power when Mubarak was ousted on Feb. 11 by the mass protests.

Mubarak, accused of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters, went on trial on Aug. 3 in a case that has gripped the Arab world, where leaders rule for life and are seldom held to account.


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