Cairo: The trial of Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak has resumed in the capital, Cairo. Mr Mubarak, 83, faces the death penalty if found guilty of ordering the killing of protesters in this year’s uprising.He was again wheeled into court on a hospital bed, exchanging words with his sons Alaa and Gamal. The judge struggled to retain order, then turned to the presentation of evidence.
Alaa and Gamal are also on trial. They deny charges of corruption.
Mr Mubarak was forced from office by mass demonstrations in February.
Hundreds of riot police were on guard outside the courtroom on Monday.
A number of Mubarak supporters had gathered, some chanting: “He is Egyptian until death” and “Hosni Mubarak is not Saddam”. Scuffles broke out at regular intervals with anti-Mubarak protesters.
A military helicopter landed at the site, carrying Mr Mubarak. State television showed the former president, wearing a blue jumpsuit, being wheeled out of an ambulance on a hospital bed. His son Alaa tried to cover the camera.
In court, presiding Judge Ahmed Refaat asked if the defendants were present, starting with Mr Mubarak, then his two sons.
As in the first hearing, the judge struggled to maintain order, referring to the fact there were more than 100 lawyers.
He repeatedly asked them to take their seats.
The judge started to examine what evidence was to be presented, before calling a recess.