Egypt’s ex-interior minister goes on trial

CAIRO - Egyptian ex-interior minister Habib al-Adly went on trial in Cairo Tuesday, accused of having ordered the shooting of demonstrators during protests that toppled the former regime, state media said.

By (AFP)

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Published: Tue 26 Apr 2011, 4:19 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:12 AM

Adly has been charged along with six former aides, state news agency MENA said.

He is accused of having ordered security forces to fire on demonstrators and is held responsible for insecurity that prevailed after police disappeared from the streets of Cairo in the early days of the protests.

According to an official toll, 846 people were killed and several thousand wounded during 18 days of massive nationwide street protests that forced president Hosni Mubarak to quit on February 11.

The much reviled Adly was also the first member of Mubarak’s regime to be put on trial in another case of embezzlement, in which he has pleaded not guilty.

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