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If former Egyptian interior minister Habib El-Hadly will be found guilty of intentional killings during January's anti-government protests, he could face a minimum of 15 years imprisonment, or the maximum penalty of capital punishment, Egypt's English news daily Ahram Online reported Thursday.
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Egypt's General Prosecution has referred Adly and other senior security officials to the criminal court for trial.
The group is accused not only of intentially killing protesters, but
also damaging public and private property which may have harmed the
Egyptian national economy, creating a security vacuum, and terrorizing
The state prosecutor's referrals come amid a wave of indictments for
security officials across Egypt, including in Alexandria and Giza, for
disrupting general security and for spreading chaos during the protests
that eventually ousted former president Hosni Mubarak.
Egyptian state prosecutors have interviewed hundreds of eyewitnesses,
injured protesters, and families of those killed in the rallies in order
to comprehensively compile a description of events that played out
during the weeks-long demonstrations. In so doing, the prosecution has
also added several police officers to the list who have been accused of
killing or injuring protesters.