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Wednesday, 03 August 2011 19:31

Amnesty calls for justice for victims at Mubarak’s trial

Amnesty International human rights group said the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak must be fair, transparent and reveal the full truth about unlawful killings of anti-government protesters during this year’s mass protests.

Amnesty’s Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Malcolm Smart, said “This trial presents a historic opportunity for Egypt to hold a former leader and his inner circle to account for crimes committed during their rule.”

But, Smart added, if the trial is going to be a meaningful break with Egypt’s record of impunity, it must be both fair and transparent – justice demands no less. Not only must the trial be fair but it must be seen to be fair, not least by the families of those who died during the protests.

The call came ahead of the start of the trial of 81-year old Mubarak, his former Interior Minister Habib Ibrahim El Adly and six other former senior officials in Cairo on Wednesday.

 

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