Hosni Mubarak and his two sons, Jamal and Ala’a, returned to the “cage” Monday as their trial resumes. They face possible death sentences for corruption and murdering demonstrators.
The cage is used in Egyptian courts to enclose those accused of grave crimes.
Mubarak again was wheeled in on a hospital bed but appeared alert and talked with his sons in the Cairo courtroom. Proceedings are being viewed on a large screen outside the building, where crowds of pro and anti-Mubarak groups threw rocks and stones at each other.
The ailing and deposed leader was flown in by helicopter from a hospital, where he has been under close police guard.
The court is expected to rule on Monday whether Mubarak's lawyers can cross-examine officials of the provisional military regime that replaced the 83-year-old leader following massive demonstrations earlier this year. More than 800 people were killed and thousands of others wounded in the protests.
Attorneys for the families of murdered protesters are demanding that the case against Mubarak include other charges and that more former aides of Mubarak be brought into court for questioning.
They also have demanded that the court allow the playing of intelligence recordings of incidents at the beginning of the uprising.