Egypt Independent

Egyptian activists demand disclosure of Tantawi’s testimony



Egyptian activists on Sunday demanded to release details of the testimony by Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi in former President Hosni Mubarak's trial.

On Saturday, Tantawi, the head of Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), delivered his account in a closed session in the trial of Mubarak, former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly, and six former security officials over charges of killing protesters during the January uprising.

Press reports had unveiled that Tantawi's testimony brought relief to Mubarak, Adly and Mubarak's supporters waiting outside the courtroom.

On Sunday, young Egyptian activists demanded the court considering the case to disclose details of Tantawi's testimony.

A group calling itself the Supreme Committee of the Revolution Youth said in a statement, "We remind Tantawi of what he said during a graduation ceremony at the Police Academy in May, when he said that he refused to shoot at protesters, which is at odds with his recent testimony before the judges."

The group said the disclosure of the testimony is crucial to decide whether Tantawi is still loyal to the ousted Mubarak regime and whether the military is really protecting the revolution.

The group added it intends to call for a protest on 30 September under the slogan “Restoring the Revolution,” where they will protest the secrecy shrouding Tantawi’s testimony together with the extension of the long-standing Emergency Law.

Translated from the Arabic Edition