Egypt arrests 47 officers for destroying documents

March 7, 2011 20:03

CAIRO- Egypt has ordered the arrest of 47 state security officers accused of burning documents, in a bid to placate protesters who say information is being destroyed to cover up state abuses and violations.

The Prosecutor General's office will hold the officers and security personnel for 15 days pending an investigation, it said in a statement said on Monday.

The state security service, a branch of the Interior Ministry, functioned as a domestic spying agency under Hosni Mubarak, and hatred of it helped to fuel the uprising that toppled him.

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