Egypt ex-minister faces trial over protest deaths

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Posted: Mar 23, 2011 1:09 PM
Egypt ex-minister faces trial over protest deaths

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's Public Prosecutor said on Wednesday he had referred the former interior minister and four other officers for trial on charges of killing protesters during the uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak.

More than 360 people died in the uprising and thousands were injured, when police fired rubber bullets, live ammunition, water cannon and tear gas at peaceful protesters.

The former interior minister Habib al-Adli, who is already facing trial for wasting public funds and money laundering, is accused of ordering police to open fire at demonstrators between January 25 and January 28, the statement said.

(Writing by Dina Zayed)