Mubarak trial opens in Cairo

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The trial of Egypt’s deposed President Hosni Mubarak has opened in Cairo.

The 83-year-old, ousted from power in February, was wheeled on an ambulance stretcher into a courtroom cage, joining his two sons and other defendants.

Charges range from conspiring in the killing of protesters to abusing power to amass wealth.

Mubarak’s two sons, Alaa and Gamal, were dressed in the white outfits worn by those on trial. Ex-interior minister Habib al-Adly, wearing blue, has already been convicted in a separate case to 12 years behind bars for corruption.

This trial could result in a death sentence for Mubarak who ruled Egypt for almost 30 years.

The former leader was flown in earlier from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where he has been detained after receiving treatment for a heart condition.

With a tense atmosphere outside court, security was tight. Before the hearing started, clashes broke out between Mubarak supporters and opponents.

Security has also been stepped up in Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square, with police and military officers in riot gear deployed.