CAIRO - Egyptian prosecutors sought on Wednesday to prove Hosni Mubarak guilty of responsibility for the killings of protesters during the 2011 uprising, saying he had authorized the use of force.
The ex-president, 83, his two sons, the former interior minister Habib el-Adly and six senior police officers face charges ranging from corruption to involvement in the deaths of around 850 protesters during the uprising that ended Mubarak's three decades in power.
For the second day of three scheduled for this week in the hearing, Mubarak appeared in a courtroom cage reserved for the accused.
Chief Prosecutor Mustafa Suleiman said Mubarak and the other defendants were not directly linked to the deaths but were charged with being "participants" implicated in the decision to use force.
"The defendants you see in the cage gave the orders to use force and violence to prevent protesters from reaching Tahrir Square," Suleiman said, adding that the decision to use force was taken on Jan. 27, the day before the most violent clashes of the uprising.