The army didn’t receive orders to fire on protestors, says military ruler Tantawi
De-facto ruler Tantawi has said he only told the truth while testifying in the trial of toppled president Hosni Mubarak
Ahram Online, Sunday 2 Oct 2011
Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Egypt's head of the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces, has stated that he said "nothing but the truth” while testifying in the trial of toppled president Hosni Mubarak.
It is widely believed that Tantawi’s testimony did not incriminate Mubarak in the killing of peaceful protesters in the January 25 Revolution, although he earlier stated that the army had refused to use live ammunition against demonstrators.
“I said nothing but the truth in my testimony,” Tantawi said while attending the inauguration of a new industrial area in Fayoum. “The military forces didn’t receive orders to use live amunition against protestors and would never have fired on the Egyptian people even if they were given orders to do so.”
Chief of Staff Sami Anan told the media that the army had rejected orders to fire on civilians during the popular uprising.
Former commander-in-chief Mubarak is understood to be the only man who had the authority to issue such orders.
“We [the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces] will lead the country to safety,” Tantawi added.