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Watani talks to the security chief and the missing woman’s father

Nader Shukry

29 Apr 2013 11:43 am

Major General Ibrahim Hadeeb, assistant of the Interior Minister and chief of Beni Sweif Security told Watani events that nine suspects were arrested in the riots that targeted the churches in Wasta last Friday

Major General Ibrahim Hadeeb, assistant of the Interior Minister and chief of Beni Sweif Security told Watani events that nine suspects were arrested in the riots that targeted the churches in Wasta last Friday. Among those caught was Hany Qurani, 33, who is the uncle of the missing Muslim woman Rana al-Shazli and the main instigator in the events. The police, he said, had caught all the rioting on video.
Major General Hadeeb insisted that the police would not tolerate any attempts to renew the unrest and violence.
In a brief interview with Hatem Kamal al-Shazli, the father of the missing girl of Wasta, he said he had received three phone calls from his daughter from outside Egypt, but he did not know her exact location. She did not give him any information about her whereabouts, but just reassured him that she was fine.
As to the letters his daughter sent and posted online, Shazli said he was not sure this was her handwriting. His responses to Watani’s questions were very brief and abrupt.
In reply to a question about the rioting and demonstrations by the Wasta Islamists last Friday and who was behind them, he said he had nothing to do with arrangements for the rioting, but that he viewed it as a form of public pressure to get his daughter back. He insisted that the Church and all the Copts were responsible for his daughter’s disappearance which, he said, was now not his concern alone but that of the entire Muslim community in town. “The Muslim street will decide what to do,” he said.
Shazli said he had met the Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim who promised to bring him back his daughter. He said he had also twice met with the priests of the church in Wasta, and gave them a deadline to return his daughter by last Friday, which they never did.  “The matter will not rest at that,” he warned.
 
Watani International
29 April 2013


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