CAIRO (Reuters) – Two protagonists of Egypt's recent history faced each other in court on Wednesday. The fallen man Hosni Mubarak testified for the first time against the imprisoned former Muslim Mohammed Muslit Mohammed Mursi.
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak testified during an indictment of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, who was ousted in Cairo (Egypt) on 10 December 2018, for evidence of an hour and a half in the maximum security prison complex in southern Cairo, in Mursi is imprisoned. He wore a dark suit and a walking stick and was led into the courtroom by his two sons.
Mursi, dressed in a prison jumpsuit, sat in a thick glass and metal cage that ran along one side of the courtroom, like other Brotherhood leaders who are defendants in the case.
About 30 relatives, mostly women, faced the defendants with word of mouth at the beginning and end of the trial.
The hearing was part of a retrial in which Mursi and others were accused of organizing prison breaks and enforcing violations of the eastern border during the rebellion that Mubarak fought on the east eastern border in February 2011 Chairman on witness stand asked dozens of questions about security development, as the rebellion against his 30-year rule gained in importance.
With a gritty voice that gradually got stronger, he sometimes looked impatient and said he had no information or details.
Asked about alleged infiltration by foreign militants, he said his intelligence chief told him on January 29, 2011, that hundreds of people had crossed the Egyptian border from the Gaza Strip to support the Brotherhood.
"He told me that there are armed groups that have infiltrated the border with a large number of about 800 people," he told the court.
However, he refused to answer questions about the role of militant groups in order not to discuss state secrets without justification. "I want the permission to talk about it, I ask for permission to commit no offense," he said.
Mubarak himself was imprisoned for six years after the revolution, appeared in a cage in the courtroom, and received a life sentence for murdering the demonstrators. He was released after the last charges against him were dropped in March last year.
Morsi, democratically elected after the revolution, has been in it for a year when he was overthrown by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the then head of the armed forces and now the president of Egypt.
Following the fall of Mursi, Egypt struck down the Brotherhood, its oldest and most organized Islamist movement, throwing thousands of its followers into prison and calling the group a terrorist organization. The Brotherhood says it is committed to peaceful activism.
Morsi is serving a total of 45 years in prison after being sentenced in various cases for espionage for Qatar and charges of murdering protesters in 2012 for lifelong detention for espionage of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, but these judgments were lifted.
The relatives of the defendants said that they saw little hope for justice.
"The court is a farce and the case is a farce," said one who did not want to be named.
When Morsi and Mubarak met in court, Sisi, who was re-elected to his second term as president in March, opened a major housing project in the coastal city of Alexandria.
Editorial by Kirsten Donovan