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'Mubarak loyalists killed 846 Egyptians'

Tue, 19 Apr 2011 18:15:49 GMT
An Egyptian government fact-finding panel finds that at least 846 people were killed in historic revolution that led to the ouster of former dictator Hosni Mubarak.

The commission said in a report on Tuesday that police forces fired shots in the head and chest of the protesters with live ammunition, AP reported.

"The fatal shots were due to firing bullets at the head and the chest,'' the report read, adding that more than 6,400 people were injured in the move.

The report also noted that former interior minister, Habib al-Adly, had issued shoot to kill orders for peaceful demonstrators. The mission holds Mubarak ultimately responsible for the killing of the peaceful protesters.

The Mubarak family is facing allegations of corruption as well as the use of violence against protesters.

Egyptian protesters say he must be tried for killing hundreds of protesters during the country's popular uprising which led to his ouster on February 11.

The developments come as former Egyptian vice-president Omar Suleiman is being questioned over the use of violence against protesters during January's revolution.

The office of general prosecutor says Suleiman has been asked about the killing of protesters during peaceful demonstrations against ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

Suleiman, who is also being investigated over corruption charges, was arrested earlier this month in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Meanwhile, foreign minister Nabil al-Arabi has said that Egypt is to sign all United Nations agreements on human rights and join the International Criminal Court.

Arabi told the visiting German foreign minister that his country is working hard to become a legally constituted state.

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