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Separate trials begin against Mubarak, key Islamists

Both regimes charged with killing civilians

CAIRO — Egyptian courts on Sunday heard separate criminal cases against the former president, Hosni Mubarak, and top leaders of his archrival, the Muslim Brotherhood, both over allegations of killing protesters.

Egyptian media portrayed the prosecution of longtime foes as “trials of the two regimes,” an attempt to show that both Islamists and secular-leaning Mubarak authoritarian regimes are alike after a July 3 military coup toppled President Mohammed Morsi, a Brotherhood member.

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