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Egypt's Mubarak back in court as trial resumes

CAIRO — The trial of Hosni Mubarak resumed Wednesday after a three-month break, with the ousted Egyptian leader returning to the metal defendants' cage in a Cairo courtroom.

Egyptian state television showed the 83-year-old Mubarak covered by a green blanket and lying on a hospital gurney when he was brought from a helicopter and taken to an ambulance for the short ride to the courthouse. He remained on the gurney throughout the hearing and spoke only once to say "present" when Judge Ahmed Rifaat called out his name at the start of the session.

Mubarak is charged with complicity in the killing of more than 800 protesters in the crackdown on an uprising in January and February that forced him from office after 29 years in power. He could face the death penalty if convicted. He has been under arrest since April, but has never gone to prison and instead has been confined to hospitals. His lawyers and doctors say he suffers from heart ailments.

Mubarak and his two sons, who are in prison, also face corruption charges.

Wednesday's session lasted only a few hours. The next session is set for Monday.

Protests and unrest have continued throughout the year, with pro-democracy activists keeping up pressure for reforms from the military, which took over from Mubarak. Clashes between protesters and security forces have killed more than 100 people since Mubarak's ouster.

libya ex-rebels sign up for government jobs: Hundreds of former Libyan rebels who helped topple Moammar Gadhafi filled out applications Wednesday for jobs with the new government as a first step to disarmament, the interior minister said.

Fawzy Abdul-Ali said the former rebels will be asked to turn in their weapons after training and working with the government. The uncontrolled ownership of weapons has been a major security concern since the end of the eight-month civil war that toppled Gadhafi in October. Rival revolutionary militias that remain armed have clashed repeatedly.

Abdul-Ali said former rebels will have until the end of January to apply for governments posts.

Egypt's Mubarak back in court as trial resumes 12/28/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 10:57pm]
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