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Egypt former minister on trial

Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 01:34

Aug. 14 - The trial of Egypt's former interior minister, Habib el-Adli resumes. He faces the death penalty if convicted over the death of protesters during the revolution. Lily Grimes reports.

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Habib el-Adli and six of his aides are on trial for the deaths of more than 850 protesters during Egypt's uprising in January and February. All seven defendants face the death penalty if convicted. The families of some of those killed were in court as the former interior minister's trial resumed on Sunday. But proceedings were adjourned as prosecution lawyers requested evidence they hope will reveal who gave the orders to open fire. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNNAMED LAWYER, SAYING: "What we came forth with to the prosecutor general included recordings of the acts of six snipers; officers and non-commissioned officers, who, from the roof of the Interior Ministry, used guns and live ammunition to kill citizens and this is included in our report to the prosecutor general and is mentioned in the papers." Adli's security apparatus is blamed for systematic rights abuses and the smothering of opposition under ousted President Hosni Mubarak's 29-year rule. Mubarak is due in court on Monday. He is also accused of ordering the killing of protesters, and of corruption. There were scuffles between pro- and anti- Mubarak supporters during his last court appearance on August 3rd, on a hospital bed. Lily Grimes, Reuters

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Egypt former minister on trial

Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 01:34