Egypt judge to investigate former ruling generals

CAIRO Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:40pm IST

Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi attends a meeting with Egypt's president Mohamed Mursi and U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta at the presidential palace in Cairo July 31, 2012. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi attends a meeting with Egypt's president Mohamed Mursi and U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta at the presidential palace in Cairo July 31, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Related Topics

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's former ruling generals will be investigated by a civilian judge who is examining accusations they are responsible for the deaths of activists killed in protests during the army's stewardship of the country.

The investigation covers accusations against Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi who was the head of the military council that assumed power from President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and who was sent into retirement with other top generals by President Mohamed Mursi in August.

"Over 136 accusations have been filed against Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi and chief-of-staff Lieutenant General Sami Enan," said a judicial source. The investigation headed by Judge Tharwat Hammad is an initial inquiry into complaints filed by members of the public, including the families of victims.

Activists hold the generals responsible for the spasms of violence that punctuated their rule, which ended on June 30.

The accusations cover some of the bloodiest moments in their 17 months in charge, including a protest by Christians outside the state television building in which 25 people were killed. Army vehicles were seen driving into the crowd.

The judicial investigation marks a break with the past. Army personnel would typically only be investigated by the military. It was unclear how long the investigation would last.

Mursi, a member of the once banned Muslim Brotherhood until he was elected president, is the first Egyptian president not to have emerged from the military.

Mursi forced both Tantawi and Enan into retirement on August 12 following an attack in the Sinai Peninsula by suspected Islamist militants and in which 16 Egyptian border guards were killed. Mursi gave both generals honorary awards and appointed them as advisors.

(Writing by Marwa Awad; Editing by Tom Perry and Jon Hemming)

FILED UNDER:
  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Expanding Ties

REUTERS SHOWCASE

U.S. in Afghanistan

U.S. in Afghanistan

Obama signs order expanding U.S. Afghanistan role - NY Times  Full Article 

Portugal Graft Case

Portugal Graft Case

Portuguese police arrest ex-PM Socrates in corruption investigation  Full Article 

Islamic State

Islamic State

Canadian vets plan to join Kurdish fight against Islamic State.  Full Article 

Rewriting History

Rewriting History

Fears grow about Hindu "Modi-fication" of education.  Full Article 

Ebola Outbreak

Ebola Outbreak

International Ebola fight helping but more work needed - U.N. chief  Full Article 

Nuclear Iran

Nuclear Iran

U.S., Iran discussing new ideas to break nuclear impasse - sources  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device  Full Coverage