Mubarak's interior minister denies ordering killing protesters on Jan 28

Wednesday 13-08-2014 05:23 PM
Mubarak's interior minister denies ordering killing protesters on Jan 28

Former Interior Minister Habib al-Adli while on trial - Reuters


CAIRO, Aug 13 (Aswat Masriya) - Former Minister of Interior Habib al-Adli denied on Wednesday he ordered security forces to kill protesters who took to the street on January 28, 2011.

Adli, who served as an interior minister during the last 11 years of former toppled President Hosni Mubarak's 30-years' rule, testified on his own behalf in court.

He is being retried alongside six of his aides, Mubarak, and his two sons on charges of killing protesters and exporting gas to Israel. 

"Our decision involved restricting the flow of citizens to Tahrir Square," Adli told the court. "We weren't preventing protesters from entering the Square; police forces cannot do that."

The jailed minister proposed that it was "foreign elements" and Muslim Brotherhood members who fired at protesters on January 28 in order to provoke them against security forces.

He added that the General Intelligence provided information that elements from the Gaza-based Hamas and the Lebanon-based Hezbollah sneaked into the country to carry out acts of "vandalism". 

"The prime goal of this conspiracy was to dismantle the police," Adli said, adding, "A state without security equals no state."

Adly also denied he ordered opening prisons, accusing "foreign elements" and Sinai Bedouins of breaking into prisons to release their detainees. He also claimed it was the Muslim Brotherhood which used snipers to attack protesters and not security forces. 

"The police apparatus has no snipers," Adli said.

The court heard over the past three days the closing statements of Habib al-Adli and his six aides in the case of killing protesters during the January uprising in 2011. 

The defendants are also being tried over inciting violence and creating a security vacuum during the early days of the uprising.

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