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Egypt Prosecution: Mubarak, Aides Ordered Killings

Egyptian anti-Mubarak protesters hold up placards calling for his execution during the trial of the ousted president outside the police academy, on the outskirts of Cairo.
The prosecution in the Hosni Mubarak trial says it has concluded that Egypt's ousted president, his security chief, and six top police officers were the "actual instigators" of the killing of more than 800 protesters during last year's popular uprising that brought down his regime.

Mubarak and his seven co-defendants are facing charges of involvement in the killings and could face the death penalty if convicted.

Chief prosecutor Mustafa Suleiman said in the hearing that the defendants clearly authorized the use of live ammunition and a shoot-to-kill policy against peaceful protesters.

Suleiman said the prosecution had to launch its own investigation, interviewing hundreds of witnesses, doctors, and police officers to build its case, after security authorities ignored their requests for help in the inquiry.

compiled from agency reports