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Hosni Mubarak ordered shoot-to-kill at Tahrir Square, say prosecutors

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was responsible for killing some 800 Tahrir Square protesters, said prosecutors in the second day of Murbark's trial in Cairo.

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is wheeled into a van after the trial ended in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012.

(AP Photo/Mohammed al-Law)

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 The prosecution in the Hosni Mubarak trial said on Wednesday it has concluded that Egypt's ousted president, his security chief and six top police officers were the "actual instigators" of the killing of more than 800 protesters during last year's popular uprising that brought down his regime.

Mubarak and his seven co-defendants are facing charges of complicity in the killings and could face the death penalty if convicted.

Wednesday's hearing coincided with the second day of voting in the third and final round of parliamentary elections that began on Nov. 28. Even before the final round, Islamists led by the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's largest political group, were assured of a majority in the new legislature. They are likely to bolster their gains in the final round, since many of the nine provinces voting have been traditional Islamist strongholds.

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The elections, the fairest and freest in decades, have attracted a heavy turnout. Final results were due to be announced Jan. 13.

The military officers who have taken over from Mubarak when he stepped down on Feb. 11 say presidential elections will be held before the end of June, but they are yet to announce an exact date for the vote and for formally handing over power to a civilian administration.


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