Egypt PM orders sacking of all murder accused cops

Last Updated: Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 10:15

Cairo: Egypt`s Prime Minister has ordered
the sacking of all police officers accused of killing
protesters during the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, as
part of a series of measures aimed at placating demonstrators.

Essam Sharaf said yesterday that he "issued direct
orders to the interior minister to stop all police officers
accused of killing protesters from working," in an address
broadcast on state television.

Sharaf was speaking as thousands of people protested in
Cairo`s Tahrir Square to push for political change, a day
after mass nationwide rallies denounced the country`s military
rulers.

Among the key demands raised at Friday`s protests were
an end to military trials of civilians, the dismissal and
prosecution of police officers accused of killing protesters,
and speedy and transparent trials for former regime officials.

Sharaf vowed to meet the demands of the protesters,
promising swift trials of Mubarak regime officials.

He "ordered the the creation of a panel to review the
trials (of those accused of) killing protesters and corruption
as soon as possible," without waiting until after the judicial
summer recess.

"The public prosecutor will appeal all rulings
acquitting people in those cases," Sharaf said.

He said he would also create "a mechanism for dialogue
with all the political forces."

Protesters who first took to the streets to topple
Mubarak have recently directed their anger at the Supreme
Council of the Armed Forces which took power when the veteran
strongman was ousted in February.

The January 25 uprising left 846 people dead and more
than 6,000 injured.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 10:15

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