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Mubarak court appearance stuns Egyptians
穆巴拉克出庭樣貌令埃及人震驚

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak listens to his son Alaa, left, as his other son Gamal, back left, looks on in Cairo, Egypt on April 15.
遭罷黜的埃及前總統胡斯尼‧穆巴拉克四月十五日在埃及開羅聽著他兒子阿萊(左)講話,而另一個兒子賈邁爾(左後)則在旁觀看。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

After months of rumors that Egyptian ex-president Hosni Mubarak was at death’s door, footage of the toppled leader looking strong and defiant in court stunned many who had cared little about his fate.

The 84-year-old Mubarak, who is being held at a military hospital in Cairo, has been treated for a heart condition, fractured ribs, fluid in the lungs, depression and high blood pressure, according to lawyers and official accounts. At one point last year he was even declared clinically dead as he slipped into a coma.

On April 13, however, he was in the dock, sitting upright and looking strong. Wearing sunglasses, he waved and smiled at supporters, chatting casually with his two sons Alaa and Gamal who face corruption charges.

“I expected to see a sick old man and I expected to feel sorry for him,” said Cairo resident Heba Radwan. “But the pictures of him smiling and waving, they were so provocative.”

His demeanor was in stark contrast to the pictures of a pale and ailing Mubarak at the start of his trial in August 2011.

“Mubarak in top form” read the headline of the state-owned Al-Akhbar.

(AFP)

數月來有關埃及前總統胡斯尼‧穆巴拉克,在鬼門關前徘徊的傳言不斷;這位遭推翻的前總統在法院影片中看來身體健壯、態度強硬,令許多不怎麼關心他命運的人吃驚不已。

根據律師和官方資料,八十四歲的穆巴拉克在開羅一座軍醫院就醫,治療心臟問題、肋骨斷裂、肺積水、憂鬱症和高血壓。他去年甚至一度被宣判腦死,陷入昏迷。

不過四月十三日他現身法庭,坐得直挺挺,看起來很健壯。他戴著墨鏡,向支持者揮手微笑,輕鬆地和兩個兒子阿萊、賈邁爾說話,兩個兒子面臨貪污指控。

開羅居民拉德溫說:「我以為會看見一個奄奄一息的老人,我本來要為他感到難過,但看到他微笑揮手的畫面,看起來是那麼挑釁。」

穆巴拉克的行為和二○一一年八月審訊開始時蒼白虛弱的樣子形成強烈對比。

國營 《新聞報》頭版標題為:「穆巴拉克好得很」。

(法新社/翻譯:陳維真)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. defiant adj.

態度強硬的 (tai4 du4 qiang2 ying4 de5)

例: He was really defiant. He refused to back down.

(他態度強硬,拒絕退讓。)

2. stark adj.

明顯的 (ming2 xian3 de5)

例: His attitude in front of the boss is in stark contrast to that in front of his peers.

(他在老闆前與同儕間的態度,有明顯的落差。)

3. in top form phr.

身體狀態非常好 (shen1 ti3 zhuang4 tai4 fei1 chang2 hao3)

例: The runners are all in top form.

(跑者狀態相當好。)


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