CAIRO – The chief judge in the trial of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced Monday that the proceedings would no longer be televised, outraging democracy advocates, who had pushed for transparency.

Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for almost 30 years, faces charges of corruption and allegations that he ordered the killing of protesters during the 18-day uprising that led to his ouster. More than 900 people were killed during the demonstrations. His sons, Alaa and Gamal, also face corruption charges.

The former dictator appeared briefly in court Monday, confined to a cage and lying on a hospital bed.

Outside the court, pro- and anti-Mubarak demonstrators clashed with one another and police as they watched the proceedings on a giant TV screen. The violence may have contributed to Judge Ahmed Refaat’s decision to stop televising the proceedings.