Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Mubarak arrives in Cairo to stand trial

Security stand by as a van believed to be carrying the defendants arrives outside the court room set-up in the police academy on the outskirt of the capital Cairo, waiting for the start of the trial of ousted Egyptian president where he is to face murder

Source: Press TV

The deposed Egyptian president has arrived in the capital Cairo where he and his two sons will stand trial on charges of corruption and ordering the killing of anti-government protesters in Egypt.

The state television said that Hosni Mubarak's air ambulance landed in Cairo on Wednesday as tension between protesters and riot police is intensified outside his courthouse in the capital.

Shortly after he landed in Cairo, Mubarak was en route to court where is to face murder charges on Wednesday, a security official says.

"Mubarak has landed at Almaza military airport," the official said.

"He is now on his way to the Police Academy" where is due to appear in court along with his two sons Alaa and Gamal, the former interior minister and six security chiefs, the official went on to say.

Mubarak left the Sharm el-Sheikh hospital earlier in the day under tight security measures, including ambulances and security vehicles, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Police patrolled the street near Mubarak's hospital and barred the way to protesters who were chanting, "The people want the execution of the killer."

Large numbers of people also gathered outside a court in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Wednesday, awaiting the trial of the ousted ruler.

The ousted Egyptian president is due to appear in court along with several of his former associates on the outskirts of the capital city of Cairo on Wednesday.

He is reportedly receiving treatment for a heart condition.

Egypt's ruling military council has refrained from handing in Mubarak for imprisonment under the pretext that the ousted dictator is ill.

Mubarak's transfer to Cairo has been a key demand of people still protesting at the landmark Liberation Square.

Mubarak, his two sons, Alaa and Gamal, former Egyptian Interior Minister Habib al-Adli and six senior policemen are to face charges of ordering the killing of anti-government protesters in Egypt.

The Mubarak family is also facing allegations of corruption as well as the use of violence against protesters.

Mubarak was ousted in February following weeks of anti-government protests in Egypt that put an end to his three-decade rule.

The commission investigating the violence against the protesters in Egypt says more than 800 demonstrators were killed in the demonstrations.

Egypt's judicial officials say the former dictator could be executed if found guilty of ordering to shoot anti-government protesters.

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