Mubarak denies ordering killing of protesters

Mubarak denies ordering killing of protesters
Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday defended his 30-year rule and denied charges of ordering the killing of protesters as the wheelchair-bound former dictator appeared before a court here for a retrial over the deaths of 850 demonstrators during the 2011 uprising against his regime.

Mubarak, 86, recounted what he perceived as the achievements of his rule, picking up from when his predecessor Anwar Sadat was assassinated.

Mubarak said he has suffered ‘offense, defamation and allegations’ since stepping down.
He added that he ruled Egypt with ‘dedication, honour and honesty,’ and that history would judge him, Al Ahram reported.

Mubarak during the hearing, which lasted nearly 25 minutes, told the Cairo Criminal Court he never handed down orders to kill protesters.

‘I, Mohammed Hosni Mubarak, who is standing before you on Wednesday, never handed down orders for the killing of protesters.

I never handed down orders for the killing of Egyptians,’ he said in his first speech to the court.

‘I exhausted my life fighting against enemies of the homeland. I would never hand down orders for the killing of a single Egyptian citizen under any circumstances. Or hand down orders to wreak chaos of which I had been warning. I would never hand down orders to cause anarchy or a political vacuum.’

Mubarak, his former interior minister Habib al-Adly and several other high-ranking officials are facing charges for complicity in the killing of around 850 unarmed demonstrators during the 18-day popular revolt in 2011.

The verdict is scheduled to be issued on September 27. Adly, who has already taken the stand, told the court he made security decisions on the day to limit the number of protesters in Tahrir Square and still believed he was ‘100 per cent correct’.



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