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Former PMs Shafiq and Sharaf hands soaked in blood, says political scientist

Suez Canal University professor predicts assassination attempts on presidential contenders; Researcher blames Shafiq, Sharaf for deaths of unarmed protesters

Ahram Online , Tuesday 28 Feb 2012
Ahmed Shafiq and Essam Sharaf
Ahmed Shafiq and Essam Sharaf
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In a televised interview on Monday, Gamal Salama, head of Suez Canal University's political science department, warned of the possibility of assassination attempts on certain Egyptian presidential candidates and revolutionary activists in the coming period.

Salama also warned of the possibility of "foreign elements," including foreign intelligence agencies, infiltrating Egypt, cautioning that attempts could be made on the lives of anyone posing a threat to the interests of these foreign elements.

He went on to urge Egyptian security agencies to take steps to counter such threats.

On the same programme, political researcher Mohamed El-Gawady stated that Ahmed Shafiq, Egypt's last Mubarak-appointed prime minister and an ex-military commander who plans to run for the presidency, and former interim PM Essam Sharaf were both responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Egyptian protesters during and after last year's Tahrir Square uprising. “Their hands are soaked in blood,” El-Gawady said of the two former officials.

El-Gawady went on to comment on Prime Minister Gamal El-Ganzouri's Sunday speech to parliament, in which the PM asserted that some $10 million had exited Egypt over the course of the last year. The researcher concluded by urging Egypt's regulatory authorities to act on the issue "as soon as possible."

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