Monday, March 7, 2011

Egypt group to unveil secret files

A file photo of Egypt's crackdown on protesters

Source: Press TV

Egyptian revolutionaries say they are set to disclose information incriminating senior officials over their involvement in the violent crackdown on anti-regime protests.

A number of “documents will soon be declassified, showing some senior Egyptian officials' connections with the country's Security Organization in the repression of people and protesters,” Ahmed al-Dowma, a member of Egypt's Youths Coalition of Revolution Rage, told Iran's Arabic-language news channel Al-Alam on Sunday.

He said that the group has already published some records of the country's security organization which was “the main arm in the suppression, slaughter and torture of Egyptians” under the regime of the deposed President Hosni Mubarak.

Dowma said that the revolutionary forces discovered instruments of torture and graves of those who lost their lives under the regime's brutal inquisition during a raid on the security organization offices.

Reports indicate that thousands of protesters stormed buildings belonging to Egypt's internal security forces over the weekend, seizing what protesters described as a treasure trove of documents related to the regime of the ousted ruler.

Crowds of people broke into three Interior Ministry buildings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including the Cairo headquarters for Amn al-Dowla, the agency responsible for domestic security. Some of the buildings were set afire.

Protesters clashed with army troops on Sunday as they tried to enter an Amn al-Dowla building in downtown Cairo. Troops fired shots into the air to disperse the protesters.

Egypt's military government didn't respond to a request for comments.

According to human-rights activists, Amn al-Dowla was the main tool of repression used by Mubarak's regime during his decades-long grip on power. Under Egypt's emergency law, it routinely arrested citizens and tortured them. Since Mubarak's ouster, the security forces are still running but have kept out of the public eye.

Activists said they entered the buildings because security officials from the former regime had been engaged in destroying documents -- potentially eliminating evidence that could be used to prosecute former officials for crimes, including torture.

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