14 September 2013

Egypt: Mubarak Returns to Court to Face Charges for Deaths in Egypt's Revolution

An Egyptian court has resumed the trial of toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak for complicity in the deaths of protesters during Egypt's 2011 uprising. The defense blames Islamists for violence during Egypt's revolution.

State television broadcast footage of Mubarak arriving in a wheelchair dressed in a jacket, striped shirt and dark sunglasses for his second appearance in the court since his release into house arrest from Cairo's Tora prison last month. The 85-year-old former president faces an array of charges, most notably allegations of complicity in the deaths of about 850 people killed in the uprising against him.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of death. Mubarak received a life sentence for the killings last year, but another court overturned the conviction on appeal earlier this year, leading to the current retrial.

The former president stands accused of the complicity charges - as well as other allegations including corruption - alongside his two sons, Alaa and Gamal; former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly; and six of his security chiefs.


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