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August 15th, 2011
03:52 PM ET

Mubarak trial not to be televised

The trial of Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak will take place behind closed doors, Judge Ahmed Refaat announced Monday, citing "the public interest" as he barred television cameras from the court.

Judges also combined the case against Mubarak with that of former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly, Refaat said.

Both men potentially face the death penalty if found guilty of ordering the killing of protesters in the revolution that toppled them earlier this year.

About 840 people died and more than 6,000 were wounded in the 18 days of uprising that toppled Mubarak, bringing an end to his 30-year reign, according to Amnesty International.

CNN’s Amber Lyon reported from Tunisia, Egypt, and Bahrain exploring how young citizen journalists helped propel the revolution spreading throughout North Africa and the Middle East for CNN Presents: “iRevolution: Online Warriors of the Arab Spring.”

In this report, Lyon meets Astrubal, one of the leading citizen journalists at the center of the digital revolution in Tunisia.


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