The trial of Hosni Mubarak began yesterday in Cairo. The former President is accused of corruption and ordering the police crackdown in February that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of protestors. He pled not guilty to all charges.
Mubarak appeared in court lying on a hospital bed and placed behind the bars of an iron mesh cage. Though he looked better than expected, he was pale and exhausted, showing Egyptians a much different side of himself than they are used to seeing.
This is the first time that the people of an Arab country put their own leader on trial, leading many to call this the ‘trial of the century.’
The trial is adjourned until August 15.