Journalists and lawyers were let into the courtroom at 8am on Saturday. They waited two and a half hours for proceedings to begin. Attendees passed the time by making predictions about the verdict and the upcoming presidential runoff. The courtroom was less than quarter full, with the smell of stale cigarettes, sweat and urine making it almost unbearable.
Security was much, much tighter than usual. Policemen flanked each row of seats, with some even standing in front of the judges.
Tension began when a Kuwaiti lawyer on the ousted president's defence team arrived and a number of those in attendance shouted, "Out! Out!"