Demonstrators outside Cairo's security headquarters in February
Egyptian demonstrators sit on a graffiti-covered wall during a lull in confrontations with riot policein February outside Cairo's security headquarters. The former head of Egypt's feared State Security Investigations will stand trial for destroying records, state media reported Tuesday, after a previous acquittal on charges of killing protesters. © Marco Longari - AFP/File
Demonstrators outside Cairo's security headquarters in February
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Last updated: June 26, 2012

Former Egypt security chief to stand new trial

The former head of Egypt's feared State Security Investigations will stand trial for destroying records, state media reported Tuesday, after a previous acquittal on charges of killing protesters.

Hassan Abdel Rahman will face trial with 40 police co-defendants on charges of destroying records in the now disbanded State Security's headquarters before protesters stormed the building last year, the official MENA agency reported.

A court had acquitted on June 2 Abdel Rahman and six police commanders but sentenced ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his interior minister Habib al-Adly to life in prison for failing to prevent the killings of protesters.

Some 850 protesters died during the early 2011 uprising that ended Mubarak's three decade rule.

Mohamed Morsi, the country's president elect who was jailed along with other Muslim Brotherhood leaders during the uprising, has said he would retry the defendants acquitted in the murder trial with better evidence.

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