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    Tuesday, October 26, 2010 11:04 AM
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                                   "This is the first time that an Arab leader ousted by his own people is being put
                                   on trial by his own people," Al Jazeera's Sherine Tadros reported from outside
                                   the court in the capital. "He has dyed his hair black as we normally see him. ...


                                    




    Aljazeera
    Tuesday, October 26, 2010 11:04 AM
                                                                                                       Posted by ZACK
 
                                                              Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president, has
    appeared in court to face charges of corruption and the unlawful killing of protesters during the revolution
    that forced him from power.


    "I categorically deny all the charges," Mubarak said at the trial, held in the capital Cairo, on Wednesday. The
    ousted president spoke from a hospital stretcher where he lay inside a cage for defendants in the court.


    His two sons, Gamal and Alaa, who are also on trial for corruption, denied the charges against them as well.
    They accompanied their father in the defendants' cage during the trial.


    Wednesday marks his first public appearance since he was toppled in the popular uprising on February 11.
    The former president's trial, in a temporary court at the police academy in Cairo, is being screened live on
    Egyptian state television.


    "This is the first time that an Arab leader ousted by his own people is being put on trial by his own people," Al
    Jazeera's Sherine Tadros reported from outside the court in the capital.


    "He has dyed his hair black as we normally see him. He is in a bed of course, but I think it will come as
    somewhat of a surprise to everyone - especially given the reports of his deteriorating and ailing health - that
    he does look so well and alert at this trial."


    With the case still in its procedural stages, "the senior judge Ahmed Refaat is trying to keep everyone calm
    and trying to maintain a semblance of authority," Tadros said.


    "He is known as a very authoritative senior figure in the judicial system, he is known also for being very fair
    and not tied to the old regime."


    Habib el-Adly, Mubarak's former interior minister, and six senior police officers are being charged with
    murder and attempted murder in connection with those killed during the uprising.


    "Farid el-Deeb, the head lawyer for the defence team is questioning the legality of having these joint trials, of
    having all of these people matched together, and having all of these charges brought together at the same
    time," Tadros reported from outside the court.


    Scuffles also took place outside the police academy between Mubarak critics and groups of his supporters,
    our correspondent reported from the scene.


    "Out of nowhere it seemed that dozens of people, probably over a hundred people [were] here throwing
    rocks at each other despite the very heavy security," she said.


    Efforts have been made to ensure spectators in the court are unable to get close enough to the defendants'
    cage to yell and throw objects at them, the interior ministry said.
    Al Jazeera, along with a number of other media outlets, has been denied access to the trial by the Egyptian
    government. Only 10 foreign media outlets are allowed to broadcast from inside the proceedings.


    Legal experts have said comments by presiding judge Refaat before the trial suggested there might be daily
    sessions after this to ensure a swift verdict.


    "Essentially the prosecution will read out all the charges that have been levelled against the different
    defendants and then each one will say their name to prove that they are in fact in attendance in court. And
    then they will put in their plea, either guilty or not," she said.


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