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Mubarak trial reconvenes amid protests

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 01:40

Jan 17 - Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's trial reconvenes amid tight security as some anti and pro-Mubarak protesters gather outside the courtroom. Lindsey Parietti reports.

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A handful of Egyptians rally behind their deposed president as he faces trial. Some say it is impossible former President Hosni Mubarak ordered the killing of his own people during the 2011 protests. Nearby, anti-Mubarak protesters hold pictures of the martyrs of the revolution. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) MAN WHOSE SON WAS KILLED IN THE UPRISING, MUSTAFA SHAKER ABDUL FATTAH, YELLING AT SECURITY FORCES AND PRO-MUBARAK PROTESTERS, SAYING: "Look what he did to me. They killed my son. And see what I'm going to do to you, if these people are found innocent if there is not immediate retribution." The two camps have repeatedly faced off outside the court where Mubarak, his sons and other former officials have been on trial since August. Prosecutors' are pushing for the death penalty. One defence lawyer says their case is political and rejects their claim it is hard to obtain evidence. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) LAWYER FOR THE DEFENCE, NADER MOHAMED HISHAM, SAYING: "The prosecution's case is political more than it is criminal. The Prosecutor General said that it was not easy to gather evidence, because there were no investigators helping them - that the investigators who are present in every case did not help them. But that is not true, because numerous reports were made, but, of course, they did not concur with the viewpoint of the prosecutors, so therefore they were not put forward." As the first anniversary of the January 25 uprising approaches, many are frustrated that there have been few convictions of former officials. Lindsey Parietti, Reuters

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Mubarak trial reconvenes amid protests

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 01:40