Mubarak was a 'clean' leader, defence continues arguments

Ahram Online, Wednesday 18 Jan 2012

Defence team to resume portrayal of former president as a 'clean' leader who worked for the good of his nation, as trial enters final phase

Mubarak in the cage during an earlier, televised court session (Photo: Reuters)

Ousted president Hosni Mubarak returned to a Cairo courtroom on Wednesday for day two of his defence in a trial that opened on 3 August.

The former president and his two sons Gamal and Alaa, along with former interior minister Habib El-Adly and six of his aides, are being tried for ordering the killing of 846 peaceful protesters during the 18-day uprising that began on 25 January 2011, as well as corruption charges.

The trial resumed on Tuesday when the judge announced the defence would have five days to present their case.

On Tuesday, Mubarak's lawyer Farid El-Deeb portrayed the former president as a ‘clean’ leader who always worked for the good of his nation. Mubarak never planned to run for another term in office, said El-Deeb, and stepped down voluntarily, not because the military forced him to.

He also accused the prosecution of acting inappropriately and offensively towards Mubarak and his family during the trial.

Tens of the slain protesters’ families gathered outside the court on Tuesday and Wednesday carrying photos of their dead relatives and signs demanding the immediate execution of Mubarak and El-Adly. A group of Mubarak supporters gathered to call for his acquittal. The two groups repeatedly have clashed during previous sessions of the trial.

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