Defense asks ElBaradei to testify in Mubarak trial

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CAIRO (AP) -- A lawyer for Egypt's former interior minister has requested that Nobel Peace Prize laureate and pro-reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei testify as a witness in his client's defense.

Attorney Mohammed el-Gendi says ElBaradei could testify that security forces from the Interior Ministry protected him and ensured he arrived home safely during the most violent day of last year's uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

El-Gendi's comments Saturday come on the one-year anniversary of Egypt's "Day of Rage," in which hundreds of protesters were killed and wounded in clashes with police.

Former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly, Mubarak and four top security officers are facing charges of complicity in the deaths of hundreds of protesters at the hands of security forces. They face the death penalty if convicted.