Lawyer accuses army ruler of lying about Mubarak

January 9, 2012 20:54

CAIRO - A lawyer for the families of protesters killed in the uprising against Egypt's ousted president accused the military ruler who replaced him of "giving false testimony" to the court that Hosni Mubarak gave no order to fire on protesters.

Mubarak, his two sons, the former interior minister and senior police officers face charges ranging from corruption to involvement in the deaths of around 850 protesters during the uprising that unseated him last February.

Lawyer Amir Salem requested that Judge Ahmed Refaat "order the prosecutors to file a charge of giving false testimony to Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi".

He demanded the same charge be filed against ex-vice president and former spy chief Omar Suleiman, as Mubarak watched proceedings from a stretcher in the Cairo courthouse after being flown by helicopter from hospital, like in previous appearances.

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