19 December 2012

Egypt: Interior Ministry Spokesman - Presidency Doesn't Interfere in Work of Ministry

The Spokesman for the Ministry of Interior Major General Ossama Ismail said the State establishments and the Presidency of the Republic do not interfere in the work of the ministry, adding reports to this effect are baseless and aim at igniting sedition in the Egyptian street.

The spokesman called on Egyptians to be cautious against these rumors as the ministry is working under a clear cut strategy.

The spokesman said the visit by the Minister of Interior to Dokki police station was aimed at enhancing morale of policeman.

On charges that the Interior Ministry was lenient in dealing with supporters of Sheikh Hazem Salah Abu Ismail in front of media production city, the spokesman said the right of demonstration and peaceful sit in is guaranteed for all citizens so long as they do not infringe upon the rights of others.

He dismissed as incorrect a statement by the director of Cairo security Major General Ossama al-Saghir that security men were incapable of dealing with protesters in front of the supreme constitutional court.

He said security troops are doing their job in full in securing the court and entry of its judges.

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