Military offers compensation for ‘martyrs’ but not ‘thugs’

The financial compensation awarded to the families of those killed during the revolution will differ depending on whether those killed were "protesters" or "thugs" said an Egyptian military official on Sunday.

Major General Mohsen Fangari, a member of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and vice president of the Social and Health Fund for Victims of 25th January Revolution and Martyrs Families, said, "I cannot equate any of the martyrs with the thugs who were killed during the revolution."

During a press conference at the cabinet on Sunday, Fangari said, "I cannot deal with the victims of certain events as if they are victims of the revolution.

Prime Minister Essam Sharaf had previously announced that everyone who was killed between 25 January and 24 March, during the events related to the revolution, "will be regarded as martyrs, without distinction."

Fangari explained that the fund of which he is vice president is the only body responsible for dealing with the families of those wounded or killed during the revolution.

“The fund’s responsibilities will not be limited to the distribution of financial compensation to the families of the martyrs, but will also be responsible for providing all types of social care for their families during the coming period, including Hajj, Umra and so on," he said.

Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the head of the SCAF, issued a decision on Saturday for the distribution of LE30,000 as a tribute to each of the martyrs’ families, another LE15,000 for those whose injuries lead to physical disability, and LE5,000 for those injured but not handicapped.

Priority is to be given to the martyrs’ families, with distribution of compensation starting Monday. Those who were injured are to receive their payments 72 hours later, assuming they have registered with the fund.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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