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Monday
Jul252011

Egyptian Interior Minister to Stand Trial Alongside Mubarak

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(CAIRO, Egypt) -- Many Egyptians on Monday hoped they would watch the televised criminal trial of the widely despised former Interior Minister, Habib El-Adly.  He's already serving a 12-year jail sentence for corruption, but he was set to stand trial on charges of ordering the killings of peaceful protestors during the revolution earlier this year.  

But El-Adly's court date was postponed once again. Some protestors demonstrated at the courthouse, but some say the new date and terms have only made his trial even more prominent.

An Egyptian court has decided that former Interior Minister Habib El-Adly will now stand trial alongside former President Hosni Mubarak on Aug. 3.  The lead judge said he combined the trials because the defendants face the same charges of ordering the killing of protestors during the revolution. El-Adly was then in charge of Egypt's police force.

If found guilty, Mubarak and his former security chief could get the death penalty.

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