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Mubarak security boss trial resumes

A day after the start of Hosni Mubarak's historic trial, seven of his co-defendants have gone back to court on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during the uprising which toppled Egypt's long-time president.

The hearing of former interior minister Habib el-Adly and six top police officials was broadcast live on Egyptian state television.

The seven first appeared in court on Wednesday in the same defendants' cage with Mubarak and his two sons - one-time heir apparent Gamal and businessman Alaa - in a related case which is being tried by the same judge. The Mubaraks' trial resumes August 15.

Mubarak, el-Adly and the six police officials face the death penalty if convicted over the protesters' deaths.

The three Mubaraks separately face corruption charges.

El-Adly was Mubarak's interior minister for more than a decade, in charge of the country's 500,000-strong security forces. Some of the worst human rights abuses during Mubarak's 29 years in office are blamed on el-Adly and his police force.

Thursday's hearing was entirely taken up by procedural matters, with Judge Ahmed Rifaat opening boxes of evidence as defence lawyers looked on. The evidence included operational police logs covering the time of the uprising - January 25 to February 11 - with details about the movement of forces, issuing firearms and ammunition.

They also included several weapons and ammunition rounds. One piece of evidence was the blood-soaked jacket of one of the 850 protesters killed during the 18-day uprising.

The judge gave the lawyers a week to examine the evidence before hearings resume on August 14.

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