Wednesday, April 20, 2011

At least 846 killed during Egyptian revolution, Mubarak at least indirectly responsible

'Battle of the Camels'

An Egyptian fact finding committee, consisting of judges, has found that the toll of te 25 January revolutioin was higher than hitherto thought: at least 846 dead, and about 6500 wounded. The report, that was released on Tuesday, confirmed that the police and interior ministry were responsible for organising and carrying out the attacks and accused them of the "excessive" use of force during the mass protests, posting snipers on the roofs, using live ammunition and cars to run over people.
The lead judge on the fact-finding commission said that president Mubarak was at least indirectly responsible for the deaths of the hundreds of protesters. "What is confirmed is that Mubarak's permission" was needed for such a response, said Judge Omar Marwan. "The shooting lasted for several days, and he did not interfere to stop it or hold accountable those who fired live rounds."
"The fatal shots were due to firing bullets at the head and the chest," states the report, which was in part based upon watching more than 800 video registrations. The report concludes that former Interior Minister Habib Adly, who is facing trial on financial corruption charges, was responsible for ordering the shootings.
The report also points the finger at the two sons of the ousted president Hosni Mubarak, Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, former head of the upper house Shura Council Safwat El-Sherif, attorney Mortada Mansour, and business tycoon Ibrahim Kamel as the masterminds of the “Battle of the Camel,” which left several protesters dead and injured on 2 February.
 The report elaborates moreover on illegal detentions; intentionally leaving a security vacuum and opening prisons and the role of the media.
According to the fact-finding committee up until 16 February there are “at least” 846 martyrs in the Egyptian revolution. Twenty-six police officers and policemen and 189 prisoners were killed. Injuries were numbered at 6467 protesters, 263 prisoners and 30 from the armed forces.
Regarding the jailbreaks the report states that the committee watched videos that confirm that several prisons where opened by security forces. However, some prisons were opened by external, unknown forces. Accordingly, the fact-finding committee recommends further investigation on the issue.
As for the government-owned media, the committee admonished the fact that the media blamed the security vacuum, jailbreaks and economic problems on the revolutionaries.

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