Months after being ousted from power as a result of Egypt's democracy uprisings, former President Hosni Mubarak stood trial Wednesday on charges of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters.
The ailing 83-year-old, who lay caged inside the Cairo courtroom, has maintained his innocence.
"I deny all these accusations completely," Mubarak told the judge from his enclosure.
His sons, Alaa and Gamal, also appeared in court on similar charges.
Outside the courtroom, pro-Mubarak and anti-Mubarak protestors had to be held back by riot police.
"We love you, Mubarak!" supporters shouted. "We will demolish and burn the prison if they convict Mubarak."
Ghada Ali, the mother of a 17-year old girl who was shot to death during the crackdown that left 900 dead, felt differently.
"This is the dream of Egyptians, to see him like this, humiliated like he humiliated them for the last 30 years," Ali told the Associated Press.
"I want to see their heart explode like my daughter's heart exploded from their single bullet," she added, sobbing.
Several hours into the proceedings, the judge announced he was adjourning the trial until Aug. 15.
He ordered Mubarak held at a military hospital where he will be attended by an oncologist -- one of the strongest indications yet that the deposed president has cancer.
Mubarak, who governed Egypt for nearly 30 years, is the first Arab leader to be tried in public by his people. Should he be convicted, he could get the death penalty.