Court told Mubarak authorised force

Thu, Jan 5, 2012, 00:00

Egyptian prosecutors have sought to prove Hosni Mubarak guilty of responsibility for the killings of protesters during the 2011 uprising, saying he had authorised the use of force.

The former president (83), his two sons, former interior minister Habib el-Adly and six senior police officers face charges ranging from corruption to involvement in the deaths of about 850 protesters during the uprising that ended Mubarak’s three decades in power.

For the second day of three scheduled for this week in the hearing, Mubarak appeared in a courtroom cage yesterday reserved for the accused.

Chief prosecutor Mustafa Suleiman said Mubarak and the other defendants were not directly linked to the deaths but were charged with being “participants” implicated in the decision to use force.

Mr Suleiman said the decision to use force was taken the day before the most violent clashes of the uprising.

Mubarak and the others deny any responsibility for the deaths. – (Reuters)