Brotherhood leader to testify in front of June 30 fact-finding committee

According to the government-affiliated June 30 fact-finding committee, Muslim Brotherhood leader and former Minister of Local Development Mohamed Ali Beshr will give his testimony on the violent events that took place following the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi, the state-owned EgyNews reported.

Beshr said, according to the statement, that he will testify in front of the committee along with a group of experts. The committee also added that Beshr was behind the agreement of other Brotherhood figures to testify in front of the committee, including the wife and son of Brotherhood leader Mohamed al-Beltagy as well as Brotherhood figures Hoda Abdel Moniem and Hanan Amin.

Beshr’s stance contradicts the position of other Brotherhood leaders, especially those who are still in prison, who question the credibility of the committee that was formed by former President Adly Mansour. Brotherhood members also fear state prosecution if they give any testimony to the committee.

The committee has exhorted Brotherhood members and leaders to give their testimonies, promising to offer utmost protection and privacy in regards to their identities and the information they share.

Committee Head Fouad Abdel Moniem Riyad slammed the Brotherhood leaders’ trust in the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) for giving the international organization their testimonies while declining to do the same with a national and governmental committee.

Committee Spokesperson Amr Marwan said that Brotherhood leaders declining to testify are being “very unfair to themselves.”

However, police forces arrested former professor at Alexandria University Mohamed Tarek for giving false testimony to HRW in late August. HRW deemed the dispersal of Rabea protest camp as “likely a crime against humanity” in its report.

Judicial sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm that he was arrested initially on accusations of running several pages on social media inciting violence against police and military forces. However, the sources said that he will be also charged with providing false testimony for the HRW report.

HRW Executive Director for Middle East and North Africa Division Sarah Leah Whitson slammed Tarek’s arrest. “Bogus Egypt charges [regarding] Tarek’s incitement against police and army, giving false testimony to HRW. This is shameless retaliation for telling truth,” she tweeted.

Whitson said that HRW is “gravely concerned” about Tarek’s arrest.

She also referred to a video by HRW posted on YouTube showing Tarek giving his testimony to the New York-based rights organization, as the reason why he was arrested.

The committee asked President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi last week to postpone the date given to the committee to submit its final report to him, after prosecution agreed to provide the committee with its investigations into several events of violence. The committee said that such processes take time.

Riyad said that any investigation done by any rights organization will be considered by the committee as an official complaint that lacks proper evidence, and that none of these investigations will be taken into consideration if no evidence is properly presented.

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