Egypt PM pledges probe over protest crackdown

CAIRO, April 11 Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:37pm EDT

CAIRO, April 11 (Reuters) - Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf apologised on Monday for a violent crackdown on demonstrators in Cairo at the weekend and said he would seek a judicial investigation, the state MENA news agency said.

"In response to demands by the people to find out the facts about what happened in Tahrir Square at dawn on Saturday, I have asked the minister of justice to take the necessary steps towards that," Essam Sharaf said in a speech that he had prepared for broadcast on Egyptian television, MENA reported.

Responding to a statement by former President Hosni Mubarak on Sunday that he and his family were not guilty of corruption, Sharaf said no no one was above the law, MENA said. (Reporting by Patrick Werr)