Washington: Egyptian Defence Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sissi has denied reports that the armed forces were involved in killing and torturing protesters during the country’s 2011 revolution.
A document leaked to the Guardian newspaper, which was reportedly presented to President Mohammed Morsi late last year, clearly implicates the armed forces in abuses during the 18-day revolution.
Over 800 people were killed in violence during and after Egypt`s 2011 uprising, but the deaths were widely blamed on the police rather than the army.
In a joint press conference with Mursi on Friday, Sissi said that ‘from the beginning of the 25 January revolution until now, the armed forces did not kill or order killing, did not betray or order betrayal, and did not commit treason or order treason,’ the BBC reports.
According to the report, Sissi called on the public to consider that "the armed forces are honourable, faithful and nationalistic" before they "betray your Army".
On Friday, Human Rights Watch called for the full report into police and military abuses between January 2011 and June 2012 to be made public.