Former Egyptian Minister's Murder Trial Begins

Murder trial of Egypt’s former interior minister, Habib al-Adly, began on Sunday. He is accused of ordering police to fire on protesters.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 8/15/2011, 2:39 AM

The murder trial of Egypt’s former interior minister, Habib al-Adly, and six of his deputies was adjourned on Sunday until September 5 after a turbulent session, AFP reported.

Al-Adly and the deputies are accused of ordering police to fire on protesters during the recent uprising that toppled the regime of President Hosni Mubarak.

The hearing was suspended four times in three hours by the judge due to a long list of demands presented by the lawyers of shooting victims.

The lawyers demanded that video recordings made by the intelligence services during events on January 25 be added to the exhibits, said the report. Another asked that the records of State Security, the intelligence service disbanded after Mubarak’s fall in February, be destroyed.

Another lawyer called for al-Adly to be tried together with Mubarak.

AFP reported that armored vehicles guarded the police academy in a Cairo suburb where for security reasons the trial was being held.

Al-Adly was sentenced in a previous trial to 12 years for charges of corruption, including money laundering and profiteering.

He faces death if convicted in this trial. He has said that he ordered police not to shoot protesters and was instrumental in allowing the open protests that coalesced and were conducted peacefully during the progressive weeks of the protests.