Dictator in the Dock


It took half a year, but Hosni Mubarak, who ruled the world's most populous Arab nation for three decades until he was ousted in February, faced justice for the first time Aug. 3. Ailing with cancer, Mubarak appeared in court alongside other key members of his regime (including his sons), charged with corruption and ordering the killing of antigovernment protesters. They pleaded not guilty, setting up a trial that will be watched live across the Arab world. The spectacle may provide some catharsis for Egyptians frustrated with the pace of reform since the military forced Mubarak...

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