Egypt’s ousted leader Hosni Mubarak was complicit in shootings of anti-regime protesters as he tried to face down a popular revolt, a member of an official commission said on Tuesday.
Judge Omar Marwan, the commission’s secretary general, was speaking at a news conference after the release of its report’s summary, which said 846 civilians died in the protests that led to Mubarak’s ouster in February.
Twenty-six policemen were also killed in the 18 days of unrest, the report said. The police used excessive force against demonstrators and shot at people trying to film the events fr-om balconies and windows.
“What is confirmed is that Mubarak’s permission (to use live fire on protesters) must be obtained. The shooting lasted for several days, and he did not hold accountable those who fired live rounds,” Marwan said.
“That confirms his involvement in responsibility,” he said. The report found that most of the dead had been shot in the head and chest, which indicated the use of snipers.
“If (the bullets) did not kill the victims, they maim-ed their faces and destroyed eyes,” it said, adding that hospitals reported “a large number of eye injuries” from gunshots. Snipers from a counter-terrorism unit were deployed against protesters. The report also accused police of intentionally running over protesters with their vehicles. Agencies