Egypt retires spy chief

2012-08-08 20:18
Retired Egyptian intelligence chief General Murad Muwafi. (Khled Desouki, AFP)

Retired Egyptian intelligence chief General Murad Muwafi. (Khled Desouki, AFP)

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Cairo - Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi Wednesday ordered spy chief Murad Muwafi to retire in a shuffle of military and intelligence ranks extending to the head of the Republican Guard and the governor of North Sinai.

The decision comes several days after a deadly ambush in Sinai killed 16 soldiers, prompting an unprecedented military crackdown in the peninsula, but Morsi's spokesperson did not say whether the attack had prompted the changes.

Morsi also ordered Defence Minister Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi to find a new head for the military police, his spokesperson Yassir Ali said in a televised statement.

Morsi appointed Mohammed Rafaat Abdel Wahad Shehata as the interim head of General Intelligence.

Earlier on Wednesday, Muwafi, himself a former governor of North Sinai, issued a rare public statement saying that his agency had forewarning of the weekend attack that killed the soldiers.

But he said the intelligence did not specify where the attack would take place and he had passed it on to the "relevant authorities," adding that his powerful agency's role was only to collect information.

The shuffle extended to Abdel Wahab Mabruk, the governor of North Sinai where the attack took place.

Morsi is likely to have reached the decisions with the military, which ruled the country between president Hosni Mubarak's ousting in February 2011 and Morsi's inauguration as his successor in June.

- SAPA

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