Aug. 4 - Boxes of evidence said to show that former Egyptian Interior Minister Habib al-Adli gave orders to shoot and kill protesters are presented in court. Nick Rowlands reports.
The evidence against former Egyptian Interior Minister, Habib al-Adli, is presented to the judge presiding over his case on Thursday. The pile of books and folders - removed from empty mineral water boxes and stacked haphazardly in front of the judge - is said to contain evidence that al-Adli gave orders to fire on and kill protesters. Police used live ammunition, rubber bullets, and teargas to suppress protests in Cairo and other cities during the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak last February. Habib al-Adli, one of the most hated figures in the Mubarak regime because of the brutality of his police force, also appeared in court on Wednesday alongside Hosni Mubarak and Mubarak's sons Alaa and Gamal. Their trial has been adjourned until August 15th; al-Adli's will reconvene a day earlier. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) AHMED REFAAT, HEAD OF CAIRO CRIMINAL COURT: "As requested by the defence, the session will continue on August 14, 2011, God willing. As requested by the defence, the evidence is presented today for viewing, in the presence of the court, by the prosecution and the defence." Al-Adli was already sentenced in May to 12 years in prison on separate charges of profiteering and money laundering. Egypt TV showed pictures of him leaving the court building smiling as he was escorted to a police truck following his hearing. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.