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Mubarak trial resumes, false testimony appears

(Xinhua)

08:10, September 08, 2011


Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak lies on a stretcher as he is wheeled into a courtroom in Cairo, capital of Egypt, on Sept. 7, 2011. Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak appeared in court on Wednesday for the fourth time along with his two sons and former Interior Minister Habib el-Adli. (Xinhua)

CAIRO, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- The trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resumed Wednesday in a police academy in a suburb of Cairo amid intensive security measures.

The latest session, the fourth since the trial opened on Aug. 3, started amid disorder as the civil plaintiffs quarreled about who should talk first. One of them insulted Mubarak, prompting some defendant lawyers to withdraw from the court.

Tarek Abdel-Menem, who took part in the demonstrations, was the first witness to testify. He said he saw a major general with 15 aides break into the American University in Cairo and shoot at the protestors there.

The second witness, Security Forces Sheriff Mohamed Abdel-Hakim, said the police personnel were ordered not to hold their own cartouche during the demonstrations and he didn't know who shot the protestors, which contradicted his previous testimony.

The prosecution has filed a criminal case of false testimony against him.

The civil plaintiffs asked Judge Ahmed Refaat to summon Marshal Tantawi, head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Souzan Thabet, Mubarak's wife, and Omar Suleiman, former vice president of Egypt, to testify in the court.

Mubarak, 83, is charged with involvement in the killing of hundreds of protesters in Egypt's January-February revolution. He has pleaded innocent.

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