Connect to share and comment

A reported blog about all things Middle East and North Africa.

Mubarak called "tyrant" in the courtroom

In opening arguments against ousted Egyptian president, chief prosecutor says Mubarak imposed "tyrannical rule" on Egypt.
Egypt mubarak trial arab springEnlarge
Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, lies on a stretcher as he leaves court following his trial at police academy, on the outskirts of Cairo on January 2, 2012. (-/AFP/Getty Images)

The trial of disgraced and former Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, resumed on Tuesday to harsh words from the chief prosecutor: the ousted leader imposed “tyrannical rule” on Egyptians in his 30 years in power, AP reports.

"He deserves an end of humiliation and indignity -- from the presidential palace to the defendants' cage and then the harshest penalty," said chief prosecutor, Mustafa Suleiman, according to AP.

Suleiman and his prosecution team have three days to state their case against Mubarak and 10 other defendants, including his security chief.

Mubarak is charged with his role in the deaths of more than 800 protestors during his regime’s bloody crackdown on a popular uprising that pushed him from power nearly a year ago. His trial began on Aug. 3, 2011 but was delayed for procedural reasons. 

It officially resumed in Cairo on Monday

Many Egyptian activists are worried the former dictator will be acquitted, after a Cairo court acquitted last week five Egyptian policemen charged with killing five protestors during the uprising. 

Despite Mubarak's ouster, anger over continued police brutality has been a key catalyst for recent protests and unrest in the capital. At least 14 protestors were killed in clashes with police and army in Cairo in December.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/mubarak-called-tyrant-the-courtroom