Former Egypt security chief to face new trial

The former head of Egypt's feared State Security Investigations will stand trial for destroying records, state media reported Tuesday, after a previous acquittal on charges of killing protesters.

Hassan Abdel Rahman will face trial with 40 police co-defendants on charges of destroying records in the now disbanded State Security's headquarters before protesters stormed the building last year, the official MENA agency reported.

A court had acquitted on June 2 Abdel Rahman and six police commanders but sentenced ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his interior minister Habib al-Adly to life in prison for failing to prevent the killings of protesters.

Some 850 protesters died during the early 2011 uprising that ended Mubarak's three decade rule.

Mohamed Morsy, the country's president elect who was jailed along with other Muslim Brotherhood leaders during the uprising, has said he would retry the defendants acquitted in the murder trial with better evidence.

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