CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court, headed by Mahmoud Kamel al-Roshedi, decided Sunday to adjourn the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak, his sons Gamal and Alaa, former Minister of Interior Habib al-Adly and six of his deputies, in addition to the fugitive businessman Helmy Salem, to Aug. 11 to hear the testimonies of former Adly deputies Gen. Ismail El-Shaer, Gen. Ahmed Ramzy, Gen. Osama el-Marasy and Gen. Omar el-Faramawy.
During Sunday’s session, the court heard the testimony of Adly Fayed, the former first assistant and director of the Public Security Bureau under Adly. Fayed, during his testimony, denied that they killed peaceful protesters during the January 25 Revolution, Youm7 reported.
Fayed said, “God as my witness, the minister did his duty and left his family in god’s hands, he loves the country and its people and worked to protect their lives and not to kill them.”
Fayed also denied prosecution claims that Adly—along with his assistants—sent an order to kill protesters in front of police stations. He also said no order was given to prison directors to open prisons and allow prisoners to flee. “This is completely untrue and illogical,” Fayed said. “The truth has become clear… we all now know who opened the prisons and freed the prisoners.”
He added that some of the demonstrators were killed by snipers, but not under orders from himself, or Adly. “If we did send an order to snipe or to kill, we would rather have sniped [Muslim Brotherhood leaders] Mohamed Badie or Mohamed el-Beltagy, before they reached Tahrir Square.”
He pointed out that he had talked with his assistants, Maj. Gen. Ahmed Naghi, director of the ministry’s investigations department, and Maj. Gen. Abdel Fattah Osman Abdelfatah before the Jan. 28 , 2011 “Friday of Anger,” and ordered them to tell security directors to use only water and tear gas to disperse demonstrations.
The court also heard from Hassan Abdulrahman, an Interior Ministry deputy and the head of the dissolved State Security Investigation Service, who is also accused of killing protesters in the January 25 Revolution.
Abdulrahman said that he presented a note on Jan. 18, 2011 about the developing situation in Tunisia, and warned that Egypt might be among many Arab countries to be targeted by external conspiracies aimed at undermining the government. He also spoke about what he called “the Muslim Brotherhood’s participation in the conspiracy, backed by foreign powers.”
Abdulrahman also claimed that high-profile activist Wael Ghonim was “a Muslim Brotherhood and American spy.”
Abdulrahman denied all accusations during his long testimony, noting that street protests against the Mubarak regime were started by “externally-backed figures like Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei and the Muslim Brotherhood.”