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Egypt military council pardons army officer who joined anti-Mubarak protests

The Supreme Council of Armed Forces has pardoned the army major who defied orders and joined anti-government protests

Hatem Maher , Saturday 19 Feb 2011
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The Supreme Council of Armed Forces said it has retracted a decision to summon Major Ahmed Shouman to a hearing over his decision to join the demonstrators during their anti-government protests.

The council, which runs Egypt on a temporary basis following the resignation of president Hosni Mubarak, accepted widespread calls to pardon Shouman.

“As we believe in the honorable values of the 25 January revolution, the head of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces has decided to halt investigations regarding the stance taken by Major Shouman, even though this contradicts the regulations that govern our establishment,” read a statement on the council’s newly-created Facebook page.

The council recently said it created a Facebook page to communicate better with citizens. It also said it would respond to any questions or concerns.   

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