Mubarak's Court Denial Becomes Popular Ring Tone in Egypt

Ex-President Mubarak saying I completely deny all these charges on first day of his trial has been made into a cellular phone ringtone in Egypt, the Al-Ahram daily reports; Mubaraks trial started on August 3, 2011.

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's denial of all charges laid against him has been turned into a popular ring tone, the semi-official newspaper Al-Ahram reported on Thursday.

"I completely deny all these charges," the former Egyptian president said as he lay behind bars on a gurney in a makeshift court near Cairo on the first day of his trial on Wednesday.

Hosni Mubarak on trial - AFP - August 3 2011

The phrase gained instant popularity with Egyptians, according to the Al-Ahram website.

It added that Egyptians posted photos of Mubarak in the dock on their Facebook pages.

Mubarak's appearance in the court was his first since a popular revolt forced him to step down in February.

He is facing charges of ordering the killing of peaceful protesters during the revolt against his 30-year rule and of power abuse. His trial is to resume on August 15.

In court on the first day of his trial on Wednesday, the trial prosecutor accused the former president of involvement in the killing of protesters and allowing his interior minister to use live ammunition against them.

The prosecution said Mubarak "had the intention to kill a number of protesters in different governorates who staged peaceful demonstrations against the deterioration of conditions."

He said the killings were ordered during the 18-day protest that ousted him this year and during the period from 2000 to 2010. He also accused Mubarak of allowing the former Interior Minister Habib al-Adli to use live ammunition.

The prosecutor also accused him for several crimes of corruption and
wasting public funds.

If convicted, Mubarak could face the death penalty.