Morsys campaign denies links to robbery in Ismailia
Mohamed Morsy’s presidential campaign denied any links to a group of gunmen who robbed a Coptic-owned jewelry shop in Ismailia. The campaign stressed that these incidents were an attempt to distort Morsy’s image as part of a “dirty war against the revolution and the Muslim Brotherhood candidate.”
The campaign said in a statement issued Friday that what happened in Ismailia is reminiscent of the “methods of the former regime” to intimidate and terrorize people in order to prevent national unity.
State-run Al-Ahram newspaper reported mentioned that six gunmen in two cars stormed into the jewelry shop, fired shots into the air, and stole large amounts of jewelry.
“The gunmen targeted a jewelry shop that belongs to Coptic citizen Youssef Fanous although there was another jewelry shop belonging to a Muslim right next to it,” Morsy’s campaign said in the statement.
The residents noticed that one of the cars bore a poster for Morsy’s campaign, which the statement said was an attempt to make people believe that the assailants were part of a campaign.
The jewelry store owner filed a report with the local police, and the campaign said they telephoned the governor of Ismailia to inform him of the incident.
Morsy’s campaign criticized the “lackeys of the ousted president,” who they say are waging a failing war of rumors against the Brotherhood candidate.
“They alleged some days ago that Morsy will mortgage Suez Canal to Qatar, which was denied by an FJP leader,” the statement added.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm
Ministers in Prime Minister Hisham Qandil's cabinet following the recent reshuffle (new appointees are in italics): 1. Minister of Agriculture Ahmed Mahmoud Ali El-Gizawi2. Minister of Antiquities Ahmed Eissa3. Minister of Aviation Wael Maadawi4. Minister of Communication Atef Helmy5. Minister of Culture
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