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Egypt's interior minister says ministry had nothing to do with activists' leaks

Interior ministry says it has nothing to do with leaked recordings of Egyptian activists aired by Abdel-Rehim Ali on a private TV channel

Ahram Online, Thursday 9 Jan 2014
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Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim (Photo: Ahram Online archive)
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Egypt's Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said that the ministry was not involved in and had no relation to recently leaked phone recordings of activists.

In December and early January, television host Abdel-Rehim Ali broadcasted on satellite channel Al-Qahera Wal Nas recorded mobile phone conversations attributed to prominent 25 January revolution Egyptian activists.

Ibrahim said in a press conference on Thursday that the leaks will not benefit the interior ministry as the ministry’s ways of dealing with citizens have vastly changed after June 30 protests. He also said there is no feud between the ministry and Egyptian citizens.

In a series of episodes in December, Ali aired recordings that included phone conversations for 6 April Youth Movement leaders Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel, former MP Mostafa El-Naggar and poet Abdel-Rahman Youssef.

In early January, Ali also played phone conversations for Wael Ghoneim, the admin of We Are All Khaled Said Facebook page, which played a central role in mobilising for the 25 January protests that toppled Mubarak in 2011.

Ali claimed that these phone concersations prove the activists "conspired against state institutions."

Egyptian rights groups have called on Egypt's prosecutor general to investigate the action of Ali while saying that recording private phone conversations and broadcasting them are illegal, invoking the Egyptian penal code, which clearly prohibits such actions.

Ali said he was in possession of more than 5,000 recordings and promised to release more of them gradually.

El-Naggar filed a lawsuit against Ali for breaching Egyptian laws.

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