Lawyers press demands in Mubarak security head trial

By REUTERS
August 14, 2011 13:47

 
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CAIRO - The trial of Egypt's former interior minister over the death of protesters in an 18-day uprising resumed on Sunday, with lawyers for the dead demanding the government reveal letters and logs of phone calls to discover who gave the order to open fire.

Habib el-Adli was in charge of a massive security apparatus blamed for systematic rights abuses and the smothering of all opposition to former President Hosni Mubarak's 29-year rule.

The trials of Adli, Mubarak and his sons, who appeared in the courtroom's steel cage on Aug. 3 to plead not guilty of the killings, have gripped audiences across a region dominated by long-serving autocrats.

Adli and six of his top officials watched from the cage as lawyers crowded towards the judge's bench to list their demands for more evidence.

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