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Protesters’ massacre trial adjourned amidst protests by family at courthouse

Cairo’s criminal court adjourns the trial to 26 June against Habib El-Adli and cohorts for their involvement in the shooting of peaceful demonstrators during Egypt’s revolution

Ahram Online, Saturday 21 May 2011
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Former minister of interior Habib El-Adly
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Cairo’s criminal court Saturday adjourned the trial until 26 June against state security and police who are charged with killing peaceful protesters during the January 25 Revolution.
    
The courthouse was on high police security during the session, while the families of the victims chanted against the defendants in anger - a recurring scene in courthouses recently amidst similar trials.

Former minister of interior Habib El-Adli, who has already been sentenced to 12 years in jail after being found guilty of money laundering charges, is the most prominent defendant in the trial.

He’s believed to have given direct orders to police forces to use live rounds on the demonstrators in the early days of the uprising, which instigated the overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarak.

Hassan Abdel Rahman, ex-head of the now-dismantled State Security, Ismail El-Shaer and Ahmed Ramzi, former Cairo security and central security chiefs, respectively, are also charged with involvement in the killing of peaceful protesters.

The victim’s lawyers called for financial compensation: LE100 thousand for every martyr and 50 thousand for those who were injured by the bullets of security personnel.

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