Aug. 3 - A Cairo court adjourns the trial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak until August 15th, after a day of high emotion in Egypt. Simon Hanna reports.
It was a day of high emotion outside the courtroom here in Cairo where the trial of deposed former president Hosni Mubarak began on Wednesday. Supporters and opponents of the toppled leader were both present, and clashes soon erupted between the two sides. Rocks and other objects were hurled during the fighting - police officers largely stood by as the melee ensued. Inside the courtroom history was being made - Mubarak is the first Arab leader to stand trial in person since a popular uprising swept the Middle East this year. Lying on a hospital bed where he remained for the whole proceedings, the 83 year old rarely spoke - only addressing the court to confirm his presence, and deny all accusations. The former president was in the defendant's cage along with his two sons - Alaa and Gamal, former Interior Minister Habib el Adly, and 6 ex officials. Mubarak is charged with corruption and the killing of protesters - if convicted, he could face the death penalty. Judge Ahmed Refaat adjourned the case and ordered that the former president be transferred from a hospital on the Red Sea to one near Cairo. Mubarak is due back in court on August 15th. In Tahrir, the epicentre of the 18 day uprising that ousted the former leader, Egyptians said the case sent out an important message. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) CONSULTATN, MOHSEN AL-HOSEINY: "In the past 30 years, today is the first day of a lawful state, with laws that are implemented for everyone. And today, for the ousted President Mubarak and his sons to be in the dock, this is a message for whoever will come after him and whoever will do wrong from now on, they will know they belong in prison." At least 850 people were killed during the uprising that began on January 25th and forced Mubarak from his position after 30 years in power. Simon Hanna, Reuters.