A new Egyptian government investigation into the nearly-three-week revolution that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak in February paints a sinister portrait of a desperate police state relying on snipers, thugs and other forces that led to the deaths of at least 846 people.
The lead judge on the fact-finding commission said Tuesday that Mubarak was at least indirectly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of protesters at the hands of police officers and Interior Ministry agents. The study was released days after the 82-year-old former leader was held for questioning in the killings and concerning wider corruption during his nearly 30 years in power.
“What is confirmed is that Mubarak’s permission” was needed for such a response, said Judge Omar Marwan. “The shooting lasted for several days, and he did not interfere to stop it or hold accountable those who fired live rounds.”
He added: “This confirmed his involvement in responsibility.”
Look at that: Accountability! Investigations! Looking back! Can we get some of that here in the U.S. too?
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