Police blamed in Egypt revolt deaths

Mar 13, 2013, 1:34 PM EDT
In this Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 file photo, Egyptian anti-riot police clash with antigovernment protesters in Cairo, Egypt.
(AP Photo/Muhammed Abu Zaid, File)

CAIRO (AP) — The highest-level inquiry to date into the deaths of nearly 900 protesters during Egypt's 2011 uprising has concluded police were behind nearly all the killings and used snipers on rooftops overlooking Cairo's central Tahrir Square to shoot into the huge crowds.

The report, parts of which were obtained by The Associated Press, is the most authoritative and sweeping account of the killings and determines the deadly force used could only have been authorized by ousted President Hosni Mubarak's security chief, with the president's full knowledge.

The report's findings could weigh heavily in the upcoming retrial of Mubarak, his security chief — former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly — and six top police commanders. It is likely to also fuel calls for reforming the security forces and lead to prosecutions of policemen.