Mubarak on stretcher as trial opens

2011-08-03 11:13

Cairo – Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak appeared on a stretcher for the opening of his murder trial in Cairo today, as his two sons stood by his side in the dock.

Mubarak, looking pale and dressed in white, could be seen talking to his sons.

Former interior minister Habib al-Adly and six of his deputies are being tried in the same case.

His two sons, Alaa and Gamal, were composed as Judge Ahmed Refaat, presiding over the Cairo Criminal Court, declared the trial open.

It was Mubarak’s first public appearance since he was ousted by a popular uprising on February 11.

Refaat said the session, which was being aired live on Egyptian television, would be conducted “in complete calm”, warning that he would throw out anyone seen to disrupt the proceedings.

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