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Two Arab Ex-Leaders in Court, One Testifying Against the Other

  • Egypt’s Mubarak appears in trial of his Islamist successor
  • Mursi was removed from power two years after Mubarak’s ouster
Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, center, is escorted by his two sons Alaa, right, and Gamal, left, as he testifies during a session in the retrial of members of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood at a courthouse in Cairo on Dec. 26, 2018. 

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, center, is escorted by his two sons Alaa, right, and Gamal, left, as he testifies during a session in the retrial of members of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood at a courthouse in Cairo on Dec. 26, 2018. 

Photographer: Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP via Getty Images

Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was the second autocrat to be toppled in the 2011 Arab Spring. On Wednesday he became the first to testify against the man who succeeded him a year after a popular uprising ended his three-decade rule.

Known for his dyed, jet-black hair, the trial saw a rare public appearance by the 90-year-old Mubarak in gray hair.