Hosni Mubarak arrives at the court premises in Cairo

Arab World Materials 7 September 2011 13:22
Hosni Mubarak arrives at the court premises in Cairo
Hosni Mubarak arrives at the court premises in Cairo

Former president Hosni Mubarak arrives at the court premises in Cairo to attend the 4th session of his trial,Al Arabiya reported.

An Egyptian court trying Hosni Mubarak over the killing of protesters who ousted him will hear more testimonies on Wednesday after police witnesses suggested this week that neither he nor his interior minister gave orders to shoot.

Egyptians who helped oust the 83-year-old Mubarak after 30 years in power have regularly gathered at the court on the outskirts of Cairo demanding swift justice for about 850 people killed in the uprising.

Supporters of Mubarak, who has been in hospital since April and attended all three court sessions on a stretcher, have scuffled with them.

Mubarak, the first Arab head of state to be tried in person since unrest erupted across the Middle East this year, is charged with conspiring to kill protesters and "inciting" some officers to use live ammunition.

A top police officer told the court on Monday he was not aware of any order to fire on protesters although he said police were given live ammunition to protect the Interior Ministry.

General Hussein Saeed Mohamed Moussa, in charge of communications for state security, said he believed the decision to issue arms was taken by a police officer, Ahmed Ramzi, who is on trial alongside Mubarak and former Interior Minister Habib al-Adli.

Two other police witnesses said they were told to exercise "self restraint" during the uprising.

Scuffles erupted outside the court at each of the three earlier sessions in the trial which began on August 3. At the latest session on Monday, Mubarak's opponents hurled stones at lines of police, who charged them.

Many Egyptians are angry with the police for the tough tactics they used during the uprising. Egyptian witnesses have said officers used tear gas, rubber bullets, water cannon and live ammunition against demonstrators during the revolt.