Ex-prison chief denies knowledge about Brotherhood link to jailbreak

A former head of Egypt's Prison Authority on Wednesday denied his knowledge of any link between Muslim Brotherhood leaders and a mass jailbreak in 2011

A former head of Egypt's Prison Authority on Wednesday denied his knowledge of any link between Muslim Brotherhood leaders and a mass jailbreak in 2011

CAIRO – A former head of Egypt's Prison Authority on Wednesday denied his knowledge of any link between Muslim Brotherhood leaders and a mass jailbreak in 2011.

Mohamed Naguib, the former chief of the Prison Authority during the 2011 revolution that ousted long-serving president Hosni Mubarak, said that some Muslim Brotherhood members had been jailed in the Wadi Al-Natrun Prison in the Nile Delta.

"They had been assisted to escape," Naguib testified during the trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and others on jailbreak charges.

"I don't know whether they have any link to the jailbreak or not," he added.

Morsi and 130 co-defendants are accused of involvement in the mass jailbreak during the revolution.

The ousted president and 35 co-defendants face charges of "conspiring" with Palestinian group Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah to carry out "terrorist acts" inside Egypt.

Naguib said the northeastern Cairo Abu Zaabal Prison was the first to be attacked during the revolution by a group of people from Sinai, who also stormed into the Wadi Al-Natrun Prison.

"There were political prisoners in the attacked prisons," he testified.

Naguid cited the testimony of some prisoners, who said that the attackers spoke a non-Egyptian Bedouin dialect.

Meanwhile, former interior minister Mahmoud Wagdi, who took over following Mubarak's ouster, said he learned that the attackers had crossed into Egypt from the Gaza Strip through a network of border tunnels.

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