Aug 3, 2011
EGYPTIANS ARE waiting to see if ousted president Hosni Mubarak appears at his trial today to face charges of graft and involvement in the killing of 846 protesters during the uprising. Cairo’s Criminal Court will be in session at the police academy, guarded by 8,000 troops.
Mr Mubarak (83) is set to be flown to the venue in an army helicopter from the hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh where he has been residing in the VIP wing since April. According to Egyptian media, he will be confined in the dock in a 30m iron cage. A bed will be made available if needed.
Although his doctors have claimed he is not well enough to be moved or stand trial, Egyptian minister for health Amr Helmy said, “Mubarak’s . . . condition allows his transfer to Cairo.” Medical staff will be on hand for his care.
Standing trial alongside the former president will be his sons, Alaa and Gamal, former interior minister Habib al-Adly, and six senior policemen. They will be driven in a convoy of armoured vehicles from Tora prison to the court.
This article was posted: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 3:22 am