Ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak was seen in court Wendesday pleading not guilty from inside a metal cage.

The former dictator, who is now bid-ridden, could face the death penalty if convicted of killing protesters.

“He’s lying in a cage pretending to be sick,” Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy told CNN’s Carol Costello Wednesday.

Watch this video from Al Jazeera English, broadcast Aug. 3, 2011.