‘False testimony’ by police witness in Mubarak trial


A police chief in court as a witness in former president Hosni Mubarak’s trial was charged with giving “false testimony” on Wednesday, following charges in the Egyptian media of a cover-up. Prosecutor Mostafa Suleiman said police commander Mohammed Abdel Hakim was charged with giving “false testimony in favour of the accused” in the case of the killing of hundreds of protesters in Egypt’s January-February revolution. He said Hakim testified in court that anti-riot units deployed in Cairo on January 28 had been equipped with blank ammunition and tear gas, whereas he had said in previous questioning that hunting ammunition had been used.Sixty-two people were reportedly killed in clashes between security forces and demonstrators on that day.