Morsi promotes army leaders after report of abuses

April 12, 2013 01:59


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CAIRO - Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi promoted top army leaders on Thursday and condemned what he called a campaign against the military, after a British newspaper cited a report that accused the army of torture and killing during the 2011 revolution.

The Guardian said Morsi since January had been sitting on a confidential report from a fact-finding committee recommending the investigation of top army leaders over crimes during the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak.

Without making reference to the Guardian report, state news agency MENA said Morsi approved the promotions of three top commanders.

Morsi identified them on state television as air force commander Younis el-Masry, air defence commander Abdulmanan Bayoumy and navy commander Osama el-Gendi.

Morsi made the decision at a meeting of the Supreme Military Council convened to "calm the situation and end a malaise of the sons of the armed forces" that was due to a "propaganda campaign", MENA said.

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