Egypt’s deposed dictator, Hosni Mubarak, and his two sons have appeared before a court in the capital, Cairo, to stand trial on charges of stealing public funds.
On Wednesday, Egypt’s state television showed Mubarak sitting behind a wired mesh cage in the courtroom, while he remained defiant against his corruption charges.
The Wednesday hearing session was the first in the case after a months-long pause.
Among other charges, Mubarak, 85, and his sons, Alaa and Gamal, are accused of wasting millions of dollars in public funds which were allocated to renovate presidential palaces.
The trial opened last August, but the court referred the case back to the prosecutor general to add four new defendants. According to the Egyptian media, the new defendants held management positions in the renovation project.
The ousted dictator has been under house arrest at a military hospital in Cairo since his release from prison in August 2013.
He was convicted of involvement in the murder of protesters during the 2011 revolution that dethroned him, but a court ordered a retrial last year citing technical reasons.
Public attention has largely been diverted from Mubarak’s case by the trial of Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically-elected Egyptian president, who was toppled by the army last July and is now on trial over the deaths of anti-government protesters.
Morsi has also been implicated in two other cases. He is facing trial on charges of espionage as well as orchestrating a prison break in 2011.