CAIRO - Hosni Mubarak was "a just man, not a tyrant" and his accusers have no evidence to support their charge that he ordered the killing of protesters during the uprising against him, the lawyer defending the former Egyptian president said on Tuesday.
Defense lawyer Farid el-Deeb said the prosecution had initially decided against bringing the charge against Mubarak for lack of evidence and only did so later in response to public pressure.
"There is no way that Hosni Mubarak, who is accused of murder and abusing his power, is the same Hosni Mubarak I am about to describe," said Deeb, repeatedly raising his voice and shaking his fist in an impassioned speech to the court.
"He is a man with clean hands and a pure heart."
As in previous sessions, the 83-year old Mubarak was wheeled into the courtroom on a hospital trolley. The man who governed Egypt for three decades listened to the defense from a cage reserved for the defendants, alongside him are his two sons who are standing trial on charges of corruption.