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Field Marshal Tantawi to be investigated for Maspero killings

Egypt's former de facto leader Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi, former chief of staff Sami Anan and other senior military figures to be investigated for killing of 24 people at Coptic protest

Ahram Online, Wednesday 3 Oct 2012
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Former field Marshal Hussein Tantawi (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt's former military rulers are to be investigated for their role in the killing of protesters during a Coptic Christian protest at Maspero on 9 October 2011.

Twenty-four complaints, submitted to the public prosecutor by relatives of the dead, were transferred to the justice minister on Wednesday.

A judge will investigate former leader of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi; former chief of staff, Sami Anan; former military police head, Hamdy Badeen, and current military police head, Ibrahim El-Domiaty, for their role in the deaths.

Coptic Christians, alongside some Muslims, were protesting an attack on a church in Aswan when they were confronted by the military near the state radio and television building at Maspero in central Cairo. At least 24 protesters were killed and 329 injured in the subsequent clashes.

Despite video and eyewitness testimonies showing military involvement in the killings, including footage of tanks running over protesters, the SCAF conducted its own investigation into the events and exonerated the army of wrongdoing.

SCAF member General Mohamed El-Assar insisted the army personnel were unarmed and came under attack by protesters. 

Moreover, a number of protesters were summoned to appear in front of the military prosecutor, with one, Alaa Abdel-Fattah, detained for several weeks after being accused of stealing army weapons.

Relatives of the victims, who filed the complaints on Saturday, said it had been 11 months since the massacre and no one had been held accountable. The complaints accuse the military of killing protesters with live ammunition and running them over with tanks.

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Hesham Agag
17-10-2012 10:08am
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Crimes are crimes
Tantawi must stand trial for crime he committed against the Egyptians Why he should be excluded fro punishment? Not only Tantatawi but Anan and Badeen as well
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Magdi Amer
04-10-2012 03:46pm
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should be convicted as war criminals
while I was sitting in Tahreer square ,the military armed forces came in ,and attacked all of us sitting peacefully for legal demands.the military armed forces used unjustified powers against us I was injured and they and fainted continued beating and smashing out all my body bones.I filed a lawsuit case on 26 Jan. 2012 ,because the general attorney let me down and didn't open an investigation . tell now no answer from the court .it is a complete corruption
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A.K.
04-10-2012 09:18am
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It could have been much worse !!
One should be grateful to SCAF and Field Marshal Tantawi for leading Egypt into democracy during one of the most critical time in its recent history. Yes, there had been mistakes and unjustified arrests and very unfortunate loss of lives of loved ones, but it was not like Libya, it was not like Yemen or Sudan and certainly it was not like Syria with bloodshed and 30,000 dead last 18 months and still going. SCAF promised and delivered, and restored orders to the streets, and did not insist on controlling the country (like the past Turkish regime). I remember well President Mosri in his first speech expressing his thanks and love for the Army. So let the old Generals continue to serve their country until they retire in peace. Close this file and move forward please!
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Modern_Humaniora
03-10-2012 06:48pm
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Excellent move Field Marshall Tantawi!
In the future when the historians are going to write the story of this critical period of time in Egypt's history, I assume they will also kind of put it like this: Field Marshall Tantawi did manage, despite a lot of concerns, to steer the ship Egypt through a vitally minefield, the ship took a few blows - yes - but it sailed on, although on just one cylinder, the mechanics did a tremendous work in keeping the machine running, they did manage to press at least steerageway out of the machinery, but it was close that it blowed up, literally a miracle of engineering, and at the end of the day the ship docked safely for repair in order to be prepared for journeys ahead ...
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Hesham Agag
17-10-2012 10:12am
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Tantawi and Mubarak are Partners
Mubarak couldnt rule Egypt without YES-MEN like Tantawi.So he must share the blame with his Master
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