Prominent Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Al-Beltagy accused the army of killing 25 Central Security Forces soldiers in Rafah to divert the attention from the death of 32 detainees in Abu Zaabal, in a recorded statement broadcasted by satellite channel Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr on Monday night.
In his first appearance since the dispersal of the Rabaa Al-Adaweya sit-in on 14 August, Al-Beltagy, who is followed by accusations of violence amid the dispersal of Rabaa El Adaweya sit-in, urged detained Brotherhood leaders and members not to answer the prosecution’s questions “as they do not represent real prosecution or judiciary, but they represent putschists’ authority.”
The Brotherhood leader, who is in an unknown place, described 30 June as a “manufactured revolution, photoshopped” admitting that lots of people were in the streets, but they were deceived by “putschists” and now they know how “bloody” the “putschists” are, having “discovered that the country has returned (Hosni) Mubarak to the heart of his regime.”
Al-Beltagy said the interim government using the term “war on terror” was to transform the political issue to a security issue.
Al-Beltagy ridiculed the description of the Brotherhood as a terrorist group. “Since when has Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi known that the Brotherhood is a terrorist group?” he asked. “Why did he not he tell [Field Marshal Mohamed Tantawi’s] Supreme Council of the Armed Forces that the Brotherhood should not participate in elections, because they are terrorists?”
Al-Beltagy added that if the Brotherhood had weapons and armed militia, they should have defended themselves and their leaders. He stated that “there is no single incident that the Brotherhood was involved in terrorist actions”
Al-Beltagy was recorded during Rabaa El Adaweya sit-in saying that operations in Sinai will stop the moment former president Mohamed Morsi is reinstated. His daughter was shot dead during the dispersal of the sit-in, and he has since disappeared amid arrest warrants issued against him.