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Mubarak 'not a tyrant', defence lawyer tells trial


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Mubarak 'not a tyrant', defence lawyer tells trial

Hosni Mubarak was a ‘just man, not a tyrant’, according to his lawyer.

The former Egyptian President was again wheeled into court on a hospital trolley for his latest appearance at his trial.

He listened to the defence argue there was no legal case against him.

Unlike previous occasions when cameras have been present, this was a closed session.

Mubarak is a man with clean hands and a pure heart, the lawyer said, claiming the case was only brought because of public pressure.

He cited testimony from Mubarak’s deputy from the last days of his rule, saying there had been no orders to shoot – but to deal with protesters in the usual manner, using riot police and batons.

As anti-Mubarak protesters again gathered outside the court – some with pictures of victims – the defence said the former leader had served his country for 60 years.

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