850 killed in uprising, Mubarak ordered firing: Panel

The noose around Egypt`s ousted ailing President Hosni Mubarak appeared to be tightening with a government fact finding mission.

Updated: Apr 20, 2011, 15:49 PM IST

Cairo: The noose around Egypt`s ousted
ailing President Hosni Mubarak appeared to be tightening with
a government fact finding mission, in damning strictures
holding him responsible for use of live ammunition to break up
three week long popular uprising in which it said 850 people
were killed.

The report by a panel of judges today said the police
forces fired directly at the protesters aiming for "head and
chest" and later armoured vehicles were ordered to run them
over and the authorisation for this brutal use of force could
be traced ultimately to Mubarak himself.

The report made public put the death toll in the three
week long uprising that toppled long serving Mubarak and
electrified the region at least 850, more than twice that of
previous official estimates banded about by Mubarak
associates.

With the judges pointing an accusing finger at Mubarak
himself, the toppled President, currently in detention in a
military hospital after complaints of heart trouble could face
execution or life in jail according to the state media.

Zakaria Shalash, head of the Cairo`s Appeal`s Court was
quoted by official al-Ahram newspaper as saying that
Mubarak may face execution after a trial, if he is found
guilty of ordering killings of protesters during the January
popular uprising.

The judge said, that such a trial could be last upto a
year.

Mubarak and his two sons are facing investigations on
charges of corruption and abuse of power. "Mubarak and his two sons Alaa and Gamal have been
detained for 15 days for questioning on corruption and abuse
of authority charges," official news agency MENA reported
quoting a statement from the Justice Ministry.

"The fatalities were due to firing bullets at the head
and chest", the report said adding that besides the killings
they were huge number of eye injuries with hundreds of people
filling hospitals and losing their sights.

The panel held Mubarak ultimately responsible for the
killing of the protesters since his interior minister Habib
el-Adly- currently being held in jail - had issued the orders
to open fire.

Omar Marwan, the head of the commission said the report
was based on accounts of 17,058 officials and eyewitnesses
along with 800 video clips and pictures obtained from the
individuals who were present at the protest.

The panel cites the attempt of the former president to
pass on presidency to his son as one of the main reasons for
the popular uprising besides corruption, oppression and
poverty.

Mubarak`s sons and his close aides are all locked up in
Egypt`s infamous Tora prison, south of the capital.

The former Health and Labour ministers were questioned
yesterday and the prosecutors even quizzed the former vice
president Omar Suleiman about Mubarak`s wealth and activities
during the protest.

In other disclosures, the panel said security officials
had colluded in orchestrating prison breaks to de-stabilise
the country.

The judges however said that they could not conclusively
identify the causes of the unexplained withdrawal of police
from the streets in Cairo and elsewhere in the country in the
wake of deadly clashes between security forces and protesters
on January 28.

PTI