Hosni Mubarak Trial Begins; Egypt Ex-President Pleads Not Guilty

A bed-ridden Hosni Mubarak pleaded not guilty to charges of ordering the killing of anti-government protesters, as the historic trial of the former Egyptian president began on Wednesday.

Mubarak, who appeared in court on a hospital bed, denied allegations that he ordered the elimination of protesters during the uprising that eventually led to the end of his 30-year rule earlier this year. Mubarak is also facing various corruption charges. The 83-year-old president’s two sons, Alaa and Gamal, along with former Interior Minister Habib al-Adli as well as several other officials of the Mubarak administration are also standing trial.

“I entirely deny all those accusations,” Mubarak said during the trial as he made his plea. Prosecutors say Mubarak ordered Adli to use force, including live ammunition, to stop protesters, who successfully toppled the former president on February 11. Mubarak’s trial was suspended after the day and will resume on August 15, with the former strongman ordered to attend the hearing. Mubarak could face death penalty if convicted on the charges.