Egypt's ex-interior minister tried for killing demonstrators

Ahram Online , Tuesday 29 Mar 2011

Former Egyptian minister of interior and six of his assistants face accusations in criminal court of premeditated harm and murder

Habib El-Adly

Former minister of interior, Habib El-Adly, together with six of his assistants, have been summoned to court to face multiple charges, including the murder of protesters during Egypt’s 25 January revolution.

The detained face charges of intentional harm and murder of demonstrators, such as El-Sayed Mohamed Kamel, during the height of the demonstrations from 25 – 31 January by inciting officers sent to secure the January hotspots.

The officers, according to the accusation, were directed by the accused to use illegal force, live ammunition and to kill protesters in order to end demonstrations and scare protestors in the governorates of Cairo, Suez, Alexandria, Beheira, Gharbiya, Qalyioubiya, Daqahliya, Sharqiya, Damietta and Beni Suef.

The assistants include Ahmed Abdelrashid, first deputy of central security, Adly fayed, first deputy of general security, Hassan Abdeldrahman, first deputy of state security minister, Ismail El-Shaer, first deputy of minister of interior, Osama El-Marasy, former head of Giza security.

Abdelrahman is also accused of failing to assess the size of demonstrations as well as collect the necessary information required for securing them. He also faces accusations of negligence to detect plans of prison break-ins.

El-Marasy and El-Shaer are accused of failing to supply proper security to protect police headquarters and weapons storage houses.

El-Adly is accused of cutting off all communication services, disrupting proper communication between security forces, which lead to chaos and the compromise of citizens’ safety and the country’s economy. 

Other accusations include the waste of public funds.

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