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Egypt: Q&A on the Trial of Hosni Mubarak

Hosni Mubarak, his former minister of interior Habib al-Adly, and four assistant ministers of interior, were tried in connection with the killing of hundreds of peaceful anti-government demonstrators from January 25 to 31, 2011. The Q&A includes background on the Mubarak trial, the charges brought, applicable criminal laws and trial procedures, information about related trials, and the trial’s broader political context. 1. What are the charges against Mubarak? 2. What is the significance of the trial? 3. Why are Mubarak and other high-ranking former government members being tried in ordinary civilian…

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