Lawyers for civil plaintiffs requested the addition of presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq’s name to the list of primary suspects in the infamous 2 February 2011 ‘Battle of the Camel,’ which occurred at the height of last year’s Tahir Square uprising and left several dead and hundreds injured. The incident took place when Shafiq was serving as ousted president Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister.
During a television interview last week, Shafiq charged the Muslim Brotherhood – whose candidate, Mohamed Morsi, will face Shafiq in a hotly-contested presidential runoff this week – with having played a role in the attacks, which featured camels and horses, against demonstrators in Cairo's Tahrir Square.
Ahmed Maher of the April 6 Youth Movement said in a statement on Saturday that Shafiq’s "lies" were being propagated in order to "falsify history" and increase Shafiq's electoral chances by smearing his political rivals.
Shafiq will face Morsi, head of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), in a runoff vote slated for 16 and 17 June. The two men came in second and first respectively in a first-round vote late last month.
Meanwhile, Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court on 14 June is set to hear appeals regarding the Political Disenfranchisement Law and the Parliamentary Elections Law, which could lead to Shafiq’s disqualification from the presidential race.