Mubarak trial resumes after long delay

After two months of postponements and procedure, Mubarak returns to trial over killing protesters and abusing power.

By REUTERS
January 2, 2012 13:51
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Mubarak is wheeled back to his trial.

Mubarak trial resumes 311 R. (photo credit: Reuters)

 
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Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, charged with the killing of protesters and abuse of power, was wheeled into court on a hospital trolley on Monday to resume a long-delayed trial.

Many Egyptians hope that the trial, delayed for two months as lawyers demanded a new judge, will heal some of the scars of his autocratic rule and help the country find stability after nearly a year of political turmoil under the military generals who replaced him in power.

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But the multitude of witnesses and the complexity of the charges mean the case could drag on for months, perhaps years.

Mubarak, his two sons, the former interior minister and senior police officers face charges ranging from corruption to involvement in the deaths of hundreds of protesters in the uprising that unseated him.

The former leader is being held under guard at a military hospital near Cairo as doctors say he has a heart condition.

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