Mubarak wheeled on bed into courtroom

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Egypt’s former leader, Hosni Mubarak, arrived in court Wednesday 3 August on a hospital bed for the opening of his trial: he and his sons Alaa and Gamal, and several senior officials and officers are being tried on a number of charges, from killing protesters to illegally gaining wealth. The former president could be given the death sentence if found guilty of ordering protesters to be killed.

Mubarak, 83, fell from power in February 2011. According to Aljazeera, “More than 800 people were killed and about 6,000 wounded in the 18 days of protests that eventually toppled Mubarak’s regime.”

The court case is being widely shown on television, in several countries. The judge decided three days ago to move it to a police academy in Cairo for security reasons, although Egyptian media reported in June that the former president was too frail and ill to be moved.

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