Mubarak supporters celebrate intelligence chief’s testimony on the killing of demonstrators

Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday celebrated the testimony of former intelligence chief Omar Suleiman in the case
against Mubarak, former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and others, who are charged with killing demonstrators during the revolution.

Mubarak’s supporters had gathered in front of the Police Academy north of Cairo, where the trial is taking place, and were seen rejoicing immediately
after Suleiman’s testimony.

Also, pro-Mubarak pages on Facebook posted what they alleged as “excerpts” of the testimony of Suleiman, a key member of the former regime.

In the first violation of the gag order that was issued by the court on Wednesday, the page entitled “We Are Sorry Mr. President” posted the excerpts, but deleted them later and replaced it with the phrase: “We trust the testimony of Omar Suleiman just as we trust President Mubarak.”

Last Wednesday, the court decided on a secret session for the hearing of the testimonies of Suleiman, Hussein Tantawi, president of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, his deputy Sami Anan, former Interior Minister Mahmoud Wagdy, and current Interior Minister Mansour al-Essawy.

“We Are Sorry Mr. President,” which has about 106,000 subscribers, is the largest pro-Mubarak page on Facebook, and had previously called for
demonstrations to support the ousted president.

In May, several newspapers quoted Suleiman during an official interrogation with the public prosecution office as saying that he had not heard Mubarak ordering the killing of protesters.

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