Beni Suef security head indicted on charges of killing protesters

A public prosecutor indicted the security chief and other officials of a governorate south of Cairo, charging them with murdering protesters during the 25 January Revolution.

Major General Ahmed Abu Zeid, Colonel Mohamed Abdel Maqsoud and Colonel Mohamed Othman all face charges of murder and attempted murder, according to judicial sources.

Their governorate, Beni Suef, witnessed 19 deaths and more than 300 injuries as a result of police gunfire on 28 January.

Several low-ranking officers have been indicted on the same charges. The prosecutor demanded that security forces find and detain fugitive officers attempting to escape the law, pending the outcome of the trial.

Egyptian Attorney General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud early last week made an unprecedented move against top security officials, charging former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and other officials with aiding the murder and the attempted murder of hundreds of protesters during the uprising that ousted former president Hosni Mubarak.

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