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Mubarak responsible for killing protesters

2011-04-20 02:40:52 GMT2011-04-20 10:40:52(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak attends a meeting with South Africa's President Jacob Zuma at the presidential palace in Cairo in this October 19, 2010 file photo.[Photo/Agencies]

CAIRO - Egypt's fact-finding committee's report held Mubarak ultimately responsible for killing the protestors during January 25 uprising to force the former regime to step down, local news website Al Shorouk reported on Tuesday.

Fact-finding committee, formed in Ahmed Shafiq's cabinet and included panel of judges, submitted its final report to the ministry of justice, saying 846 civilians were killed and more than 6,400 people were injured during the 18 days massive nation-wide demonstrations.

Omar Marawan, the committee's secretary general, said at a press conference after the release of the report that 26 policemen were killed, 149 prisoners died and 263 were injured during the unrest.

The report said that the security forces used excessive force and live ammunition at the peaceful anti-Mubarak protestors and vehicles ran over civilians and killed them intentionally.

The report added that snipers from a counter-terrorism unit belonging to the dismantled state security apparatus were placed over the buildings roofs to shoot the people.

"The shooting lasted for several days and Mubarak didn't order to stop using live ammunition, that confirms his involvement in responsibility," Marwan said.

The report said the bullets were targeted the head and the chest, adding that hospitals reported huge number of eye injuries from gunshots.

Marawan said "random shots killed many civilians who were witnessing the demonstrations from their houses' windows".

Mubarak was detained on April 13 for 15 days in custody on accusations for using violence against the protestors during the uprising and ex-regime Interior Minister el-Adly is on trial for the shootings.

The report revealed that those who were involved in what so-called "camel battle" that caused horror among the lines of protestors on February 2 were from the police officers in civilian uniform and other members of the dissolved National Democratic Party (NDP).

A final report from the high administrative court decided on Saturday to dissolve the NDP that was headed by the former president for 30 years.

Mubarak's sons Alaa and Gamal have been detained over misusing public funds for their own interests and receiving commissions for facilitating illegal deals of foreign partnerships.

Mubarak was forced to step down in February 11 and moved with his family to the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh. He was hospitalized in Sharm el-Sheikh International hospital after suffering from heart problems and was questioned there by the general prosecution till he is transferred to military hospital.

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