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Mubarak attends court as murder trial resumes in Egypt

Egypt's ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak attended his trial today on charges of inciting the murder of protesters, days after he was released from prison and placed under house arrest.

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, 85, is escorted by medical and security personnel into an ambulance. AP Photo/Amr Nabil
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, 85, is escorted by medical and security personnel into an ambulance. AP Photo/Amr Nabil

CAIRO // Egypt's ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak attended his trial Sunday on charges of inciting the murder of protesters, days after he was released from prison and placed under house arrest.

Live state television footage showed the 85-year-old in the defendants' cage along with his co-defendant interior minister, six security chiefs and his two sons.

It was also the first time Mubarak had been seen in public since he left Tora prison on Thursday, after being cleared for pre-trial release by a court.

He was immediately placed under house arrest by interim prime minister Hazem el-Beblawi, on the basis of powers granted to him under the country's state of emergency.

On Thursday, the 85-year-old former president was flown by helicopter from prison to a military hospital where he has received medical treatment in the past.

He still faces an array of charges, including complicity in the deaths of some 850 people killed in the 2011 uprising against him, and corruption.

He was convicted in June last year of complicity in the deaths of protesters and sentenced to life in prison, but a retrial was ordered in January after he appealed.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of death.

Mubarak has often appeared frail during court sessions, lying on a stretcher, flanked by his sons Gamal and Alaa, who are also on trial.

But on Sunday, he appeared to be sitting up and listening to proceedings from the courtroom cage where defendants are held.

He was dressed in white and wore sunglasses in the courtroom. Other defendants in the case, including Mubarak's one-time interior minister Habib Adli, were also present.