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Mubarak's trial due to get underway in Egypt

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Mubarak's trial due to get underway in Egypt


He has not appeared in public since being deposed in February. But Egypt’s fallen leader Hosni Mubarak is now due in the dock, if his medics let him leave hospital.

With Mubarak’s trial starting on Wednesday, authorities have ordered the transfer of the 83-year-old from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. He has been treated there for heart problems since falling ill during questioning.

Mubarak’s transfer to Cairo for trial has been a key demand of those who overthrew his regime.

Accused of corruption and ordering the killing of demonstrators, he could face the death penalty if convicted. Few expect that outcome, even if some protesters want it.

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