At least six people were wounded in a courtroom brawl Monday between defendants and victims’ lawyers as the trial of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resumed.
Lawyers screamed at the judge, who then ended the session in the former president’s trial for murdering more than 800 people in the Arab Spring uprising that led to his ouster earlier those year.
The session was the first one that was not telecast to viewers outside the building, but Twitter messages were sent by a member of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, according to the Egyptian website Al Ahram.
Mubarak was wheeled in on a stretcher, and his sons, Alaa and Gamal were escorted into the courtroom in handcuffs for the first time.
Outside the courtroom building, police fought with protesters. Al Ahram reported that the clashes broke out when police refused to allow the entry of several families of those killed in the anti-Mubarak demonstrations but let relatives of police officers to enter.
After a brief period of calm, the families of those killed started throwing stones at supporters of Mubarak, and three people and a policeman were wounded, in addition to those inside the courtroom.
The defense attorney for the former interior minister who is also on trial told Bloomberg News, “We’re now getting to the heart of this court case.”