Mubarak defends himself as ‘trial of the century’ resumes

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The ‘trial of the century’ resumed on Wednesday as former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, his sons Alaa and Gamal, former interior minister Habib Al-Adli and six of Al-Adli’s aides are being retried for killing protesters during the 25 January Revolution.

Mubarak gave a statement in court today concerning the charges directed against him to which he pleaded his innocence, saying he did not order the killing of protesters and that he would have never allowed a security vacuum to take over the country.

His statement resembled a speech he gave on 1 February 2011, in which he spoke about the achievements he championed for Egypt over his near 62-year service to the country, adding that he was never seeking a post. He claimed that under his rule, Egypt enjoyed economic prosperity and held esteemed international standing while the country remained sovereign.

Regarding the 25 January Revolution, Mubarak spoke about the chaos that overtook the country when police stations were burned and prisons were broken into, asserting that it was the work of conspirators who sought the collapse of the Egyptian state. He went on to remind listeners that he had fulfilled the people’s demand to step down and had assured them that he would not run for president in the September 2011 elections. In his own defence, he contended that he left his post in order to end the bloodshed in the country and to preserve the lives of the people.

This was the first time Mubarak spoke in public since the three addresses made during the 25 January Revolution and the voice message he sent to TV networks in the months that followed. He ended his statement advising the Egyptian people to maintain the country’s unity, adding that it may have been the last time he made a public address due to his age and health condition. Concluding his address, he was resolved that he would die with a clean conscience, as he felt that he served the people and the country to the best of his capacity.

Mubarak, his sons, Al-Adli and his aides are accused of conspiring to kill protesters, spreading chaos in the country, and creating a security vacuum during the 18-day revolution that ultimately ousted Mubarak.

The court set 27 September to issue the final verdict in the case.