Egypt Ex-President Mubarak to Stand Trial

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will be facing trial for his role in the deadly dispersals of civilian protesters in the crucial days before he was removed from office in the second week of February.

Egypt’s prosecutor-general said in a statement on Tuesday that the 83-year-old former strongman has been charged of conspiring in the violent dispersals, which reportedly led to the death of more than 800 people. Mubarak, along with his two sons—Gamal and Alaa—as well as a business partner, is also facing a charge of amassing ill-gotten wealth during his nearly three-decade rule. No trial date has been set yet, but Mubarak and his two sons are already in custody.

Mubarak stepped down from office on February 11 after facing nearly 20 days of widespread protests. Mubarak’s ouster triggered a chain of revolutions throughout the Middle East and some parts of Africa—including in Libya, where Muammar Gaddafi is now facing tremendous pressure to step down and end more than 30 years of leading the North African country.