Video: Trial of Hosni Mubarak begins in Cairo court

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    BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: Now overseas, to what is by any measure a breathtaking fall from power. Hosni Mubarak was Egypt 's longest-serving ruler, 30 years, until he was toppled in the people's revolution in February. It was just this past February 1st when we arrived in Cairo to cover what was at first a joy-fueled protest, the start of Arab Spring . Then it turned violent. It ended up, though, turning Mubarak out of office, into exile in his own country. Well, today he was wheeled into a courtroom in Cairo to face justice, accused of conspiring to kill his own people; and from the start, he was defiant. NBC 's Martin Fletcher has our report.

    MARTIN FLETCHER reporting: It is so hard to imagine Hosni Mubarak on trial, but outside the court this morning, Egyptians began hurling stones in anger, assuming the military wouldn't bring him. But the helicopter flew in from his hospital, and an

    ambulance, and then this shocking historic image: Hosni Mubarak , 83 years old, once America 's great ally, called the modern pharaoh, helpless on a stretcher, locked in a metal cage. His two sons also charged with corruption, using their bodies to block cameras from filming their father.

    Unidentified Man #1:

    FLETCHER: The key charge today read, " Mubarak is accused of killing demonstrators during the uprising against him." Mubarak 's response:

    Mr. HOSNI MUBARAK:

    FLETCHER: He said, 'All these accusations, I deny them all.' If he is found guilty of ordering the shooting that killed 850 protesters, Mubarak could face the death penalty. Good, Imam Abdul Zahad said watching the trial on TV . Mubarak 's men shot him in the leg. He says, 'If I could strangle them, I would. Mubarak will die in the end.' Just about everybody with a TV right now is watching it. We're being taken now to the home of Ahmed .

    Unidentified Man #2: My friend.

    FLETCHER: Your friend, yes.

    Man #2: He's 21.

    FLETCHER: He's 21 years old. He was killed by Mubarak 's people. But Ahmed 's mother wouldn't talk to us. She says it's too painful. Another victim's mother did outside the courthouse. She said...

    Unidentified Woman:

    FLETCHER: ...'I didn't expect to see Mubarak in a cage, humiliated. Now I thank God . Now I can sleep.' Mubarak , behind bars, may warm the hearts of many Egyptians, but it sends a chilling message to Arab leaders, like Moammar Gadhafi in Libya who says he'll fight to the end, and Bashar Assad in Syria who says the same. Each has killed and wounded thousands of his own countrymen and could one day face the same fate as Hosni Mubarak . Martin Fletcher , NBC News , Cairo .

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Photos: Hosni Mubarak on trial

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  1. 83-year-old Hosni Mubarak on a hospital bed inside a cage of mesh and iron bars in a Cairo courtroom on Wednesday, Aug. 3, as his historic trial began on charges of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters during the uprising that ousted him. The scene, shown live on Egypt's state TV, was Egyptians' first look at their former president since Feb. 10, the day before his fall when he gave a defiant speech refusing to resign. (Egyptian State TV via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. An Egyptian reacts as he watches a giant screen outside the police academy in Cairo, on Aug. 3, showing ousted President Hosni Mubarak, his two sons Alaa and Gamal, his security chief Habib el-Adly and six top police officers facing trial, on charges they ordered the use of lethal force against protesters during Egypt's 18-day uprising. (Amr Nabil / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Gamal, center left, and Alaa Mubarak, left in white prison uniforms, the two sons of Hosni Mubarak, in a cage of mesh and iron bars in a Cairo courtroom on Aug. 3. (Egyptian State TV via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. An Egyptian protester holds the Egyptian National flag and shouts slogans against the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, outside the police accademy, in Cairo, on Aug. 3. Supporters of Mubarak and his opponents scuffled in the morning outside a makeshift courtroom near Cairo ahead of the start of Mubarak's trial. (Khaled Elfiqi / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A general view inside the Cairo courtroom on Aug. 3. (Egyptian State TV via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. A pro-Mubarak female protester carries a picture of Mubarak during the trial session of Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak outside the Police Military Academy complex in Cairo, on Aug. 3. (Nasser Nasser / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Lawyers of victims of the uprising make their case in the Cairo courtroom on Aug. 3. (Egyptian State TV via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. An Egyptian anti-Mubarak protester flashes a noose during a protest outside the police academy in Cairo on Aug. 3. (Amr Nabil / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Gamal Mubarak leaves the Cairo Criminal Court in the police academy on the outskirt of the capital, on the first day of his trial along with his brother and father, ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and other government officials on murder and corruption trials, on Aug. 3. (- / Egyptian State TV via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Alaa Mubarak leaves the Cairo Criminal Court in the police academy on the outskirt of the capital, on the first day of his trial along with his brother and father, on Aug. 3. (- / Egyptian State TV via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Egyptians loyal to the former president (left to right) strike a foe during the trial of officials from the ousted government outside police academy on Aug. 3. (Khaled Desouki / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. A protester against Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak is stopped by police officers during clashes with pro-Mubarak supporters outside the police academy on Aug. 3 (Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
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