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Updated: May 21, 2011 17:00 IST

Trial of Egypt's former security chief postponed

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Former Egyptian Interior Minister Habib al-Adly. File photo: AP.
Former Egyptian Interior Minister Habib al-Adly. File photo: AP.

Families of the victims pushed down security barricades as they tried to rush into the courtroom on Saturday north of Cairo. Inside, families shouted "Butcher!" at el—Adly.

An Egyptian court has postponed the trial of the country’s former interior minister and four of his top aides accused in the deadly shooting of protesters after families of the victims tried to force their way into the courtroom.

Habib el—Adly is the highest—ranking former regime official to be brought to trial so far in the killings of 846 protesters and the injury of thousands of others during the uprising that forced ex—president Hosni Mubarak to step down on February 11.

Families of the victims pushed down security barricades as they tried to rush into the courtroom on Saturday north of Cairo. Inside, families shouted “Butcher!” at el—Adly.

The chaos prompted the judge to postpone the trial to June 26. Plaintiffs’ lawyers presented a request to change the judge because of what they said was his friendship with el—Adly.

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