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BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

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In a surprise move - Egypt’s prosecutor general announced ousted President Hosni Mubarak will stand trial. He faces charges of corruption -- and ordering the deadly firing of the protesters who removed him from power. (VIDEO FROM AL JAZEERA)

NY1: “He and his sons are also accused of abusing power to amass wealth, enriching associates and accepting bribes. Mubarak stepped down on February 11th and transferred power to the military after 18 days of revolt.”

According to the Associated Press - nearly 850 protesters were killed in the revolt - which began in January. (VIDEO FROM PRESS TV)

CNN reports -- the charges are serious.

“The key charge is that one of ordering the firing of live ammunition of the protesters in the Tahrir square, and the long list of allegations is long. He’s accused of everything from accepting villas under false names for arms deals and the like. With this one of the firing of live ammunition, it could be the death penalty.”

The historical implications could be big. According to The Associated Press - this would mark the first time in recent history an Arab leader was put on trial “solely by his own people.”

But the BBC suggests the ruling military council caved to pressure from the opposition -- calling the announcement an “ongoing tussle for power.”

Those concerns prompted a columnist for Egypt’s Al Masry Al Youm to urge caution:

“The judiciary that we strive for in our new Egypt must not be partisan or politicized. ... If it begins by siding with the street, who can guarantee it will not one day side with the ruling party and/or president?”

 

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Egypt's Hosni Mubarak to Stand Trial

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May 24, 2011

Egypt's Hosni Mubarak to Stand Trial

(Image Source: Al Arabiya)

 

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

You're watching multisource world video news analysis from Newsy.



In a surprise move - Egypt’s prosecutor general announced ousted President Hosni Mubarak will stand trial. He faces charges of corruption -- and ordering the deadly firing of the protesters who removed him from power. (VIDEO FROM AL JAZEERA)

NY1: “He and his sons are also accused of abusing power to amass wealth, enriching associates and accepting bribes. Mubarak stepped down on February 11th and transferred power to the military after 18 days of revolt.”

According to the Associated Press - nearly 850 protesters were killed in the revolt - which began in January. (VIDEO FROM PRESS TV)

CNN reports -- the charges are serious.

“The key charge is that one of ordering the firing of live ammunition of the protesters in the Tahrir square, and the long list of allegations is long. He’s accused of everything from accepting villas under false names for arms deals and the like. With this one of the firing of live ammunition, it could be the death penalty.”

The historical implications could be big. According to The Associated Press - this would mark the first time in recent history an Arab leader was put on trial “solely by his own people.”

But the BBC suggests the ruling military council caved to pressure from the opposition -- calling the announcement an “ongoing tussle for power.”

Those concerns prompted a columnist for Egypt’s Al Masry Al Youm to urge caution:

“The judiciary that we strive for in our new Egypt must not be partisan or politicized. ... If it begins by siding with the street, who can guarantee it will not one day side with the ruling party and/or president?”

 

Follow Newsy on Twitter @Newsy_Videos for updates in your stream. 

 

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