Former spy chief investigated for Rafah attack, says report

The military judiciary has summoned lawyer Samir Sabry to testify in the case he filed against former intelligence head Mourad Mowafy, accusing him of responsibility for the attack on the Egyptian border on 5 August, state-run Al-Ahram newspaper said Thursday.

Egyptian authorities suspect that extremist religious groups were behind the attack.

The newspaper said the military judiciary would hear Samir Sabry’s testimony on Sunday in connection with his request that Mowafy be prevented from leaving the country and be referred to criminal court for investigation and trial.

Sabry filed the case with the public prosecutor on 9 August, accusing Mowafy of negligence and inaction regarding the attack. The prosecution referred the case to the military judiciary.

On 7 August, Mowafy told media that the intelligence services had information about the attack before it occurred as well as the perpetrators involved, but “did not expect a Muslim to kill a fellow Muslim at Iftar time during the holy month of Ramadan.”

The statement sparked outrage among Egyptians. Observers believe that these statements may have been the reason behind President Mohamed Morsy sending Mowafy to retirement on 8 August.

On 12 August, Morsy also decided to retire the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi and military Chief of Staff Sami Anan, in a military reshuffle that may have also been linked to the attack, for which some activists have said the military is to blame.

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