Today marks the beginning of the trial of ex-president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak. The trial will be televised. Viewers were shocked to watch the eighty-three-year-old being wheeled out into the courtroom in a hospital gurney, then closed in a cage for the proceedings. He pleaded not guilty to charges including corruption and ordering the killing of protesters during the eighteen-day revolution in which he was ousted from power.
There was doubt as to whether the former president would appear in court, due to failing health, but ultimately he appeared, joining his sons and various other government officials who are also standing trial. Over 850 protesters were killed during the uprisings preceding Mubarak's resignation.
Millions throughout the Middle East gathered in coffee shops and restaurants to watch the trial on television.