CAIRO – Egypt's new president has ordered a fresh investigation into the killing of anti-government protesters over the past 16 months, starting with the uprising that unseated longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak.
A presidential decree issued late Thursday orders a review of investigations and trials related to the killing of about 1,000 protesters.
Egypt's official news agency reports that a 16-member inquiry committee with judges, a prosecutor, police, military and six representatives from victims' families will report to President Mohammed Morsi within two months.
Many of the protests since Mubarak's overthrow have targeted the military, which took over from the deposed ruler. Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood is talking to the military about dividing powers.
Mubarak and his interior minister were sentenced to life in prison for their roles in killing protesters against his regime.