Adly has been sentenced in a previous trial to 12 years for corruption
Egyptian former interior minister Habib al-Adly sits in a holding cell in the Cairo Criminal Court on the outskirt of the capital, as he and six police commanders face murder charges. © - AFP/Egyptian TV
Adly has been sentenced in a previous trial to 12 years for corruption
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Last updated: August 14, 2011

Egypt ex-security chief back in court

The murder trial of Egypt's former interior minister Habib Al-Adly, accused of ordering police to fire on protesters, and six of his deputies resumed under tight security in Cairo on Sunday.

All seven men were in the dock, according to images broadcast on state television.

Armoured vehicles guarded a police academy in a Cairo suburb where for security reasons the trial is being held, the television reported.

Adly, sentenced in a previous trial to 12 years for corruption, is accused of ordering police to fire on protesters during an 18-day revolt that started on January 25 and toppled the regime.

Adli's trial opened on August 3, the same day as former president Hosni Mubarak made his first court appearance in a stretcher along with his two sons, who are charged with corruption.

Both Adly and Mubarak, also charged with premeditated murder, could be executed if convicted. The next hearing in the former president's trial is scheduled for Monday.

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