Mubarak knew of ‘every bullet fired’: ex-spy chief

AFP

CAIRO — Egypt’s ex-president Hosni Mubarak, charged with murder, “had complete
knowledge of every bullet fired” at protesters, according to damning testimony by
his former spy chief published in a state newspaper on Thursday.

Al-Akhbar daily reported that prosecutors partly relied on testimony provided by
Omar Suleiman, the former head of intelligence and briefly vice president, to
charge Mubarak with premeditated murder.

“Mubarak had complete knowledge of every bullet fired at protesters, and the
number of those killed or wounded,” Suleiman is reported to have told prosecutors.

Suleiman said he relayed to the president hourly updates on the police’s deadly
response to the mass protests that began on January 25 to overthrow Mubarak,
who ruled the country for three decades.

“The reports included all instances of firing live ammunition and rubber bullets at
protesters in an attempt to abort the revolution,” Al-Akbar reported.

Mubarak may be found guilty even if he did not order the killings of demonstrators
but simply allowed the shootings to continue, a senior judge said before Mubarak
was charged this week.

The justice minister has said Mubarak may be put to death if convicted.

Mubarak, 83, also faces other charges of corruption. He is in police custody in a
hospital in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, after reportedly suffering
a heart attack during an interrogation.

A medical team commissioned by the public prosecutor has found that the ousted
dictator’s health is stable, but he is in a “bad psychological state” and suffers “from
mood swings,” the official MENA news agency reported.

Mubarak will face trial with his two sons, who are in a Cairo prison. The date and
location has not yet been decided.

An official inquiry found that at least 846 people were killed during the revolt that
ousted Mubarak on February 11, many of them from gunshot wounds.

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