Ailing Mubarak wheeled back to court
Cairo (CNN) — Ailing former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was wheeled into court Wednesday as prosecutors resumed his trial on charges he ordered protesters killed during the country’s uprising last year.
Mubarak also faces corruption charges. He has pleaded not guilty.
Liftoff for Mubarak’s helicopter was delayed due to foggy weather, but he was wheeled into court on a stretcher after midday local time. He was wearing sunglasses and covered with a green blanket.
Prosecutors started presenting their case Tuesday with their opening statements.
“Mubarak is a tyrant who aimed to hand the rule to his younger son Gamal, who promoted corruption in Egypt, allowing his friends and relatives to destroy the country without accountability,” Suleiman told the court, according to Khaled Abu Bakr, a civil rights lawyer involved in the trial.
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As during his previous appearances, Mubarak was wheeled into the courtroom on a stretcher, with a green blanket draped over him.
After hearing Suleiman speak for an hour Tuesday, the judge adjourned the court until Wednesday.
Abu Bakr said he expected a verdict “before January 25, the anniversary of the revolution,” referring to the beginning of the uprising that ended Mubarak’s 30-year rule in February.
Many Egyptians are critical of the court proceedings and some worry that Mubarak may be acquitted of the murder charges. Five police officers accused of killing protesters were acquitted last week.
Mubarak’s health has been in question since his detention began in April after reports of his cancer and heart problems surfaced in the media.
Former Egyptian Interior Minister Habib El Adly, six of his aides and two of Mubarak’s sons are also on trial on a variety of charges.
Sons Gamal and Alaa have also pleaded not guilty.
About 840 people died and more than 6,000 were wounded in the 18 days of uprising that toppled Mubarak, according to Amnesty International.