Mubarak's courtroom denial becomes ringtone in Egypt

Mubarak's courtroom denial becomes ringtone in Egypt
Washington:  The courtroom remarks of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak have reportedly become popular cell phone ringtones in his native country.

The 83-year-old former president appeared at a special court in Cairo on Wednesday. He faced charges of corruption and the unlawful killing of over 850 protesters during the Tahrir Square revolution that forced him from power.

There are three different recordings of the deposed leader's few words on the first day of trial. They are doing the rounds on the Internet and are available for download, the ABC News reported.

The first is of the judge calling on Mubarak using his full name - Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak - followed by the ex-President's response: "I am here, your honour."

The third and the most popular one is Mubarak's response to the charges of corruption and complicity in the murder of 850 protesters. "I categorically deny all the charges," said Mubarak, as he lay on a hospital bed inside a cage of mesh and iron bars in the courtroom.

Not only have the ringtones exploded in popularity, but many Egyptians took to social networking websites like Facebook to post photos of Mubarak inside the cage on their walls.

Story First Published: August 05, 2011 16:27 IST

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