Mubarak trial resumes as clashes reported outside courtroom
The trial of ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak resumed on Monday as scores of his supporters and opponents clashed near the Cairo courtroom before his arrival on a stretcher. The session was dedicated to testimonies in order to try to determine who gave the orders for shooting to death hundreds of protesters in revolt earlier this year. "The court will hear four witnesses, including the head of communications in the central security force and officers responsible for operations from the same force," the government newspaper Al-Ahram said.
The hearing was held off-camera unlike the first two sessions.
Before Mubarak drew up under heavy security into the courtroom, demonstrators clashed in the area. "We have not abandoned you," the pro-Mubarak protesters chanted, AFP reported. The MENA state news agency reported that a dozen people were wounded in the confrontations, and that police made four arrests.