Tunisians watched keenly as Egypt brought its former president to account.
Ex-leader Zine al Abedine Ben Ali has already been convicted of a string of charges, but in his absence. He fled to Saudi Arabia in January.
For some though, that is not enough. “The time has come to bring an end to tyranny. The perpetrators must be brought to justice. I hope Mubarak gets what he deserves,” said one woman.
“I hope that there is justice in Egypt and I hope we can copy them and bring Ben Ali to trial in person so he can be judged,” added another Tunisian.
One Egyptian man now living in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, saw the trial as significant.
“I think it is a good thing if officials, presidents or ministers are tried for their crimes. It is a good development as it will mean that officials will bear in mind that they will be held accountable for their actions,” he said.