Egyptian lawyer files complaint against former army head

August 23, 2012 19:19

CAIRO - An Egyptian lawyer said on Thursday he had filed the first legal complaint against Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the former head of the military council, accusing him of killing protesters and wasting public money.

Many activists and rights groups have blamed security and police officials for the killing of hundreds in protests after president Hosni Mubarak was ousted on Feb. 11 last year.

In one incident last February, 74 Egyptians were killed after violence erupted during a soccer game. Many accused the army and security forces of failing to prevent it.

Lawyer Assem Kandil said he had filed a complaint against Tantawi, head of the military police Hamdy Badeen, and other former police officials with the public prosecutor on Wednesday.

"I did so because I accuse them all of killing protesters during the series of bloody protests in Egypt following last year's uprising along with wasting public money in the state's spending on the parliamentary election," he added.

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