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Coup leader in Egypt wants immunity for army for 10 years

February 5, 2014 at 2:11 am

Egyptian General Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi, who carried out the coup against the freely elected president, has called for immunising the military institution for at least 10 years, a recorded interview with an Egyptian journalist revealed on Friday.

Part of the recorded interview was aired on Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr on Friday evening. In the interview Al-Sisi was heard saying: “It is necessary for the military institution to be immunised because it had a big role in the past era [since the coup].”

Al-Sisi, whose army and police killed, wounded and arrested thousands of Egyptians, said: “The army will have a significant role for five to ten years in the future. The institution will play this role regardless of the identity of the next president, be him liberal, religious or leftist.”

He said: “Officials in the military institution take decisions in seconds and therefore no one is allowed to completely control it.”

In the recording, Al-Sisi criticised the decision of the ousted president Mohammed Morsi to dismiss Chief of Staff Sami Anan.

RASSD news network revealed previously two other parts of the interview conducted by the Egyptian journalist Yasser Rezeq. In both parts of the recordings, Al-Sisi was heard uttering controversial remarks. RASSD also revealed video recordings in the same context.

In their reply on the recordings, Rezeq and Al-Sisi supporters accused Muslim Brotherhood technicians of being behind fabricated audios and videos.