Egypt's Sisi replaces intelligence chief

Mohamed Farid El-Tohamy, seen by many as a hardliner in crackdown anti-coup supporters, is forced into retirement.

    Tohamy was replaced by his deputy General Khaled Mahmoud Fuad Fawzy [AP]
    Tohamy was replaced by his deputy General Khaled Mahmoud Fuad Fawzy [AP]

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has removed the general intelligence chief who was appointed just days after the overthrow of former president Mohamed Morsi in July last year.

    General Mohamed Farid El-Tohamy was replaced on Sunday by his deputy General Khaled Mahmoud Fuad Fawzy, Sisi's office said in a statement, without giving specific reasons.

    "The president issued an order sending General Tohamy, the head of general intelligence, into retirement," it said, adding that he had been given a medal for his work.

    Former army general Sameh Seif al-Yazal, an expert on military strategy who has close ties with the security services, told the AFP news agency that Tohamy, 67, had been unwell and had "spent the last two months in hospital".

    Tohamy was seen as a hardliner in the government crackdown against pro-Morsi supporters and secular dissidents that followed the military ouster of the former president.

    A subsequent government crackdown targeting pro-Morsi supporters has left hundreds dead, thousands jailed and dozens sentenced to death in mass trials which the United Nations say are "unprecedented in recent history".

    Most of the estimated 1,400 dead were killed when police stormed two pro-Morsi camps in Cairo in August last year. 

    SOURCE: Agencies


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