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Egypt: 4 top police cleared of killing protesters

CAIRO — A court found four senior policemen not guilty Thursday of killing protesters during last year’s popular uprising, the most recent acquittal of officials charged in connection with more than 800 deaths during the revolt that toppled longtime President Hosni Mubarak.

The four police generals are among some 200 security officers and other former officials who have been tried or still face charges.

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Mubarak received a life sentence for failing to stop the killings, but the vast majority of police officials have been acquitted or are still on trial.

There have been just two cases in which security officials have been convicted; they received suspended sentences or were tried in absentia.

Critics say the acquittals leave unanswered the question of who was to blame for the deaths. Many Egyptians accuse the authorities of failing to adequately investigate what happened during the early days of the revolt, when riot police waged a crackdown.

Mubarak’s successor, Mohammed Morsi, elected in Egypt’s first free presidential election, appointed a fact-finding committee in July to review the investigations and trials related to the killings.

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