The defence lawyer for Ahmed Ramzi, former director of the interior ministry’s Central Security Forces (CSF), has requested the formation of a military committee mandated with investigating the weapons used during the early days of last year’s January 25 Revolution.
Ramzi – along with ousted president Hosni Mubarak, his two sons, ex-interior minister Habib El-Adly, and a handful of the latter’s former assistants – currently stands accused of ordering security forces to open fire on unarmed protesters during the 18-day Tahrir Square uprising.
Ramzi’s lawyer, Medhat Salem, has requested that a three-man committee of experts be drawn up to examine CSF documents with a view to determining exactly what kinds of weapons were used at the time against anti-regime protesters.
In an effort to prove his client’s innocence, Salem has presented the court with documentation showing that a number of protesters were killed in areas outside of Cairo’s Tahrir Square and after the nationwide withdrawal of police.
Ramzi is specifically accused of ordering the killing of protesters inside the flashpoint square, which eventually became an icon of the revolution.
Last week, El-Adly’s defence lawyer accused security guards at the American University in Cairo (AUC), located adjacent to the square, of killing demonstrators.
According to official estimates, at least 846 protesters died during the 25 January uprising, most of them on the 28 January “Day of Rage,” when mass protests erupted across the country to demand Mubarak’s ouster.