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From the archive of Abdelrahim Ali

Who killed the demonstrators?

Abdelrehim Aly

This article was published on Monday, June 27, 2022

Justice, Mahmud Kamel al-Rashidi, brought the curtains down on what came to be known as the 'Trial of the Century', by acquitting all the accused, led by former president Hosni Mubarak and his interior minister, Habib al-Adli and his assistants in the felony of killing protesters.

However, the question that remains to be asked after this historic ruling is: Who killed the protesters then?

The answer, in my view, is clear and evident. It has appeared strongly since the elements of Hamas, the armed wing of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood, stormed prisons, attacked police stations, killed soldiers and officers, and set fire to government offices and the headquarters of the security services.

This was part of a plan that martyred Colonel Mohamed Mabrouk talked about in his investigation which was included in the famous espionage case of Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi and his companions. 

Mabrouk monitored the group's plan from the beginning. He mentioned in his testimony, for which he paid with his life, facts about the meeting that was held in Damascus in November 2010, ahead of the January 25 revolution, under the auspices of the Brotherhood in Egypt, and in coordination with the international organization.

Ali Akbar Velayati, senior advisor to the Iranian supreme leader and one of the commanders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and Khaled Meshaal, head of the political bureau of Hamas, participated in this meeting.

During the meeting, the Brotherhood agree that the Revolutionary Guard would train the elements that would be transferred from Gaza to Egypt, after the protesters go out on January 25.

They also assigned the responsibility for planning the entry of these elements into the country to Palestinian Akram al-Ajouri, one of Hamas’s cadres, given his distinguished relationship with Sinai’s Bedouins and arms smugglers. 

In this meeting also, Khaled Meshaal handed 11 Egyptian passports to Ali Fadwa to help Lebanese Hezbollah elements enter the country.

The first objective of the plan was to deal a painful blow to the Egyptian police force and render it unable to move by targeting 160 police stations simultaneously.

It also aimed to storm buildings and prisons to smuggle Hamas, Hezbollah and Bedouin elements who had previously participated in bombings in Taba, Sharm el-Sheikh and Dahab, in addition to prison inmates to stoke chaos in the country.

Mabrouk was not satisfied with that, but he also cited evidence of Mubarak’s innocence and his aides, and condemned the Brotherhood and its allies, when he confirmed an agreement between the terrorist group and its cadres of Hamas to be present in Tahrir Square and some other squares in the governorates to shoot and kill a number of demonstrators and then claim that police forces are had killed the demonstrators. 

Mabrouk explained how the implementation of the scheme began on January 28, when these groups infiltrated North Sinai, through tunnels, with the help of some Bedouin elements and Brotherhood cadres, whom he mentioned by name in his testimony, riding in four-wheel drive vehicles, and equipped with RPGs and machine guns.

It is not only Mabrouk who granted Mubarak innocence from charges of killing protesters. The testimony of Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi in the case also refuted claims about government-affiliated snipers killing the demonstrators.

He confirmed that this matter is completely false, explaining that the Central Region Command was providing him with daily briefings on what happened throughout the country and that no information was mentioned about this. 

Field Marshal Tantawi added that the commander of the Central Region mentioned to him in one of his reports that some elements affiliated with the Brotherhood had climbed onto the rooftops surrounding Tahrir Square and carried out sniping operations against the demonstrators.

The same thing happened in the testimony of Major General Murad Muwafi, the former head of the General Intelligence Service, when the man confirmed that the late Omar Suleiman had told him that there were members of the Hamas movement in Tahrir Square. Muwafi was not satisfied with this testimony, but added that the Brotherhood was behind the violence and killings that occurred during the January 25 revolution, and that the goal behind this was to undermine the Egyptian state, including by weakening its police and army. 

The truth is that the events that followed the January 25 revolution and proved beyond any doubt that the Brotherhood and its allies are the ones behind all the violence and killings that took place and still take place in the country. 

We have said since the first day that not a single officer received an order to shoot Egyptians, and none of them had ever shot an Egyptian in the chest, which was confirmed by the events.

Finally, you have in your hands today the first issue of the daily al-Bawaba newspaper, the Voice of the Egyptian People, the publication that we hope will be the tongue of truth, no matter how bitter it may be.