By Essam Fadl
CAIRO: A group of lawyers and political activists filed a complaint to Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud on Monday accusing ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s son Gamal and former head of Al-Shoura Council and Secretary General of the former ruling NDP Safwat El-Sherif of leading the counter-revolution.
The complaint was signed by members of the freedoms committee at the Lawyers’ Syndicate, Ali Solaiman and Asaad Heikel, political activist Mohammed Abdel-Aziz from the Kefaya Movement, as well as lawyer Maha Abo-Bakr from the January Revolutionaries Union, and Ali Saed member of the freedoms committee at the Journalists’ Syndicate.
The complaint accused El-Sherif and Mubarak of attempting to thwart the January 25 Revolution, along with other members of the National Democratic Party, by inciting acts of thuggery.
“They also tried to ruin the relationship between the army and the people on the one hand and ruin the relationship between the people and opposition forces on the other … they were all one hand during the civilized revolution.”
The complaint recounted assaults against Mohamed ElBaradei during the March 19 referendum when he went to vote in Mokattam, the “planned smear campaign” against novelist Alaa El-Aswany, the physical assaults against journalist Ali Saed after publishing a report regarding El-Sherif’s corruption, and lastly the attempts to attack both Islamic preacher Safwat Hegazy and Al Jazeera Channel’s former bureau chief Hussien Abdel-Ghani during last Friday’s million man march in Tahrir Square.
It also accused the two of coordinating other attempted assaults against public figures on April 8, such as the attack on the Head of Military Police General Hamdy Badeen, who was forced out of Tahrir Square by an unknown group; attacking Sameh Ashour of the Nasserist Party, who was discussing some issues with the protesters, and insulting the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badei.
“Gamal Mubark and El-Sherif are the strongest figures of the past regime, and all the incidents that happened since the start of the revolution are linked to them,” Soliman told Daily News Egypt.
“They have to be tried, and we expect the trial to unveil the truth about many of these incidents.”
Meanwhile, the Zagazig Criminal Court headed by Judge Adel Abdel Mohsen will begin the first round of trials on May 8 of police officers including Zagazig former head of security Hussein Abo Shanaa, accusing them of the attempted murder of protesters.
Meanwhile, former MP Abdel-Nasser El-Gabry was remanded in custody for a further 15 days pending investigation of allegations of involvement in the “Battle of the Camel” against protesters in Tahrir Square on Feb. 2.