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Hosni Mubarak trial resumes, false testimony appears

Arab World Materials 7 September 2011 21:44
The trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resumed Wednesday in a police academy in a suburb of Cairo amid intensive security measures, Xinhua reported.
Hosni Mubarak trial resumes, false testimony appears

The trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resumed Wednesday in a police academy in a suburb of Cairo amid intensive security measures, Xinhua reported.

The latest session, the fourth since the trial opened on Aug. 3, started amid disorder as the civil plaintiffs quarreled about who should talk first. One of them insulted Mubarak, prompting some defendant lawyers to withdraw from the court.

Tarek Abdel-Menem, who took part in the demonstrations, was the first witness to testify. He said he saw a major general with 15 aides break into the American University in Cairo and shoot at the protestors there.

Many people around him were killed and injured by the security forces shots during the uprising, he added.

The second witness, Security Forces Sheriff Mohamed Abdel-Hakim, said the police personnel were ordered not to hold their own cartouche during the demonstrations and he didn't know who shot the protestors, which contradicted his previous testimony.

He said he didn't know who killed the protestors during the demonstrations , and the prosecution has filed a criminal case of false testimony against him.

The third witness, Security Forces Sheriff Sergeant Abdel- Hameed Abou Yazeed, said they were armed with blank bullets which were just for intimidation, and they didn't use live ammunition at all.

The civil plaintiffs asked Judge Ahmed Refaat to summon Marshal Tantawi, head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Souzan Thabet, Mubarak's wife, and Omar Suleiman, former vice president of Egypt, to testify in the court.

Mubarak, 83, is charged with involvement in the killing of hundreds of protesters in Egypt's January-February anti-regime protests. He has pleaded innocent.

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