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Alleged thugs confess: Former NDP parliamentarian paid them to disperse Alexandria demonstration

Six arrested 'thugs' say they were paid by a businessman to disperse and attack an Alexandria revolutionary sit-in during a police investigation at El-Atareen police station on Tuesday night

Ahram Online, Wednesday 13 Jul 2011
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The six alleged thugs were arrested by protesters in Saad Zaghloul Square, Alexandria, as they attempted to attack a sit-in there which has continued for five days.

The accused thugs said they were mobilized by a man named Yabany who works for the businessman Khaled Khairy, owner of the only shipping line with Israel in Egypt and the Middle East. Khairy is also a former parliament member of the dissolved National Democratic Party (NDP). He was the parliament representative of the district where the sit-in is taking place.

According to the accused thugs’ claims, they met with Khairy along with other thugs, and he ordered them to provoke conflicts between protesters. If they failed, they were to turn violent and injure some protesters in order to disperse the sit-in.

The deal was that LE100,000 would be given to Yabany and another LE100,000 was to be distributed among all thugs accepting the assignment.

Alexandria protesters arrested the thugs as they entered their demonstration with weapons last night.

The former Egyptian MP has not responded to these allegations.

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