Battle of the Camel defense team petitions to question Shafiq, army general

Ahram Online , Saturday 9 Jun 2012

The defendants' lawyers ask to question Ahmed Shafiq after he claims the Muslim Brotherhood was involved in the attack on protesters during the infamous 'Battle of the Camel'

Battle of the Camel
Presidential Candidate Ahmed Shafiq to testify for the "Battle of the Camel" trial (Photo: Reuters)

Presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq might be questioned in the trial of the infamous Battle of the Camel.

The defense team in the trial petitioned the court to summon Shafiq after his interview on CBC on Monday night, where he accused the Muslim Brotherhood of attacking protesters on 2 and 3 February of last year.

Mubarak's ex-prime minister Ahmed Shafiq initiated a smear campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood, whose candidate, Mohamed Morsi, will face off with Shafiq in the upcoming runoffs on 16 and 17 June.

During Shafiq's press conference on Sunday he accused the group of being part of the former regime and of having been the first to compromise the rights of the martyrs by asking their families to accept "blood money" (small monetary compensation given by the state) instead of justice.

The defendants' lawyers also asked to question General Hassan El-Roueini and secretary general of the Freedom and Justice Party Mohamed El-Beltagui, Egyptian cleric Safwat Hegazi and the well-known TV host, Tawfiq Okasha.

On trial are 25 high officials of the disbanded National Democratic Party, which ruled for thirty years and are accused of having orchestrated the Battle of the Camel.

The Battle of the Camel took place at the height of the January 25 Revolution. Pro-Mubarak thugs stormed Tahrir Square on camels and horses, killing 11 protesters and injuring more than 2000.

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