Lawyer Alleges Egypt Military Ruler Lied To Court

Published January 9, 2012 12:09PM (EST)

CAIRO (AP) — A lawyer for the victims in the trial of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak has accused the head of Egypt's ruling military council and the ex-vice president of lying to the court on behalf of Mubarak.

The 83-year-old former president and some of his top former security officials are on trial on charges of complicity in killings of about 850 protesters during 18-day uprising that forced Mubarak from power on Feb. 11.

Amir Salem, who represents families of the victims, alleged in court on Monday that both Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the head of ruling military council, and former Vice President Omar Suleiman both lied in their testimonies.

Both Tantawi and Suleiman worked for decades as senior officials under Mubarak.

By Salon Staff

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