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Egyptian Court Trying Mubarak Starts Hearing Defense Argument

Jan. 17 (Bloomberg) -- The Egyptian court trying Hosni Mubarak on charges that include complicity in the killing of some of the protesters who ousted him from power started hearing his defense lawyer’s statement.

Mubarak and former Interior Minister Habib el-Adli, who is being tried alongside the former president, have denied all charges against them. Prosecutors have called for the death penalty for both men for their alleged roles in the killing of demonstrators. At least 846 people were killed during the revolt that started last January and led to Mubarak’s removal the following month.

“I am defending a man who has served Egypt for more than 60 years,” in the armed forces and the presidency, the state-run Middle East News Agency cited Mubarak’s lawyer, Farid elDib, as saying today. “It’s a history that has been filled with successes, accomplishments and also failures.”

The trial was adjourned until tomorrow, when the court will continue to hear case for the defense, the state-run Nile News channel reported. Mubarak’s trial began on Aug. 3 after pressure from demonstrators demanding a swift and public prosecution of the man they blame for corruption, political repression and police abuses.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mariam Fam in Cairo at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at

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