President promotes three major-generals and says he rejects any 'insults' against armed forces, after investigation leaked
Egypt's president, Mohamed Morsi, has promoted several generals in a show of untrammelled support for the embattled military, who have been strongly condemned following this week's leak of a top-level investigation that made damning allegations about military malpractice.
Officers allegedly killed, tortured and abducted Egyptians during the 2011 uprising, according to the investigation commissioned by Morsi last year. The suppressed report, sections of which have been obtained by the Guardian, also alleged that senior army doctors were ordered to operate without anaesthetic on wounded protesters at a military hospital in Cairo during protests against military rule in May 2012.
The seriousness of the allegations has led to demands for Morsi, Egypt's first elected civilian president, to bring the officers responsible to account. But such a move would risk outraging the army, with whom Morsi has a delicate relationship.
Standing alongside members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, who ruled Egypt between the removal of Hosni Mubarak and Morsi's election, the president said: "Any insult against the armed forces is an insult against all of us, and we reject any kind of insults … I announce this to the whole world: we appreciate the great role that the armed forces has been playing in maintaining the safety and security of this country."......"