Posted on Thursday, 07.28.11
BY MOHANNAD SABRY
CAIRO — Toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, his two sons and several others charged with plotting to kill hundreds of anti-government demonstrators will face a very public trial in Cairo beginning next Wednesday, a senior Egyptian official said Thursday.
The announcement – which came after the Egyptian health minister reported that Mubarak’s health was stable enough for him to be transported to Cairo – allayed fears among many Egyptians that the 83-year-old former president would escape a trial or that it would be postponed, which probably would have fueled massive protests.
The trial will be historic not only in Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous nation, where Mubarak ruled with an iron fist for nearly three decades and a president has never before faced trial. It also figures to echo across the region, where the “Arab Spring” protests have challenged many entrenched regimes but recently have run into sharp government crackdowns.