Mubarak Trial Resumes Amid Acquittal Speculation

By Salon Staff

Published January 2, 2012 10:00AM (EST)

CAIRO (AP) — The trial of Hosni Mubarak has resumed amid speculation that a recent acquittal of policemen tried for killing Egyptian protesters could be a prelude to the dismissal of charges against the ousted leader.

Mubarak faces charges of complicity in the killing of more than 800 protesters during last year's uprising that toppled his regime.

The 83-year-old Mubarak was brought by helicopter to the Cairo courthouse on Monday from a hospital. He was then taken into the defendants' cage on a gurney, wearing dark sunglasses and covered by a green blanket.

A Cairo court on Thursday acquitted five policemen of charges of killing five protesters during the Jan. 25-Feb. 11 uprising.

On trial with Mubarak are his two sons, Gamal and Alaa, his former security chief and six top police commanders.

Salon Staff

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