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Sunday January 29th

Trial for deposed Egyptian president continues

CAIRO (MCT) — The lawyer for deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said Wednesday that police officials could not have ordered the killing of more 800 protesters during last year’s revolution because the former leader had put the army in charge of security.

During the second day of his argument in an Egyptian court, defense lawyer Farid Deeb said maverick police officers along with “infiltrators” and militants could have been behind the killings after the army assumed control of the nation’s security on Jan. 28.

He argued that Mubarak, who could face the death penalty on charges that he was complicit in the killing of protesters, did not order his police forces to open fire on demonstrators.

“The army’s duty is to protect people and property. … So the question is who killed and caused the injuries. This is the main point of the case,” Deeb said.

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