Brotherhood figure scraps meeting with Egypt inquiry

The statement attributed the move to cancel the meeting to what it described as the "political exploitations" of contacts between Beshr and the panel's head.

Brotherhood figure scraps meeting with Egypt inquiry

World Bulletin/News Desk

A senior Muslim Brotherhood leader on Sunday cancelled out a meeting scheduled for Monday with the head of a state-appointed fact-finding commission into the events that followed last year's ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.

Mohamed Ali Beshr, a former local development minister under Morsi, was scheduled to meet commission head Fouad Abdel-Monem Riyad.

"But Beshr scrapped the meeting after the panel head violated his pledges about neutrality and independence," his office said in a statement on Sunday.

The statement attributed the move to cancel the meeting to what it described as the "political exploitations" of contacts between Beshr and the panel's head.

It argued that the commission demonstrated "unjustified silence" towards the exploitation of the "pro-coup" media of the scheduled meeting.

Riyad's fact-finding commission was formed by a presidential decree last December to collect information and evidence on events that followed the June 30 protests that led to Morsi's ouster.

Riyad said on Thursday that Beshr had agreed to give his version of the events in question.

He added that Beshr would meet commission members on Monday to give his account of the August 14 dispersal of two major pro-Morsi, including one held in eastern Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square.

Beshr, meanwhile, said he contacted Riyad on Thursday and received assurances that his commission would be independent.

The Brotherhood had earlier turned down an invitation to cooperate with the commission due to what it described as "a disregard" for the group's point of view in the past.

Morsi supporters had staged a sit-in in eastern Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square to protest the elected leader's ouster by the military on July 3 following protests against his government.

The violent dispersal of the sit-in, along with a second sit-in in Giza's Nahda Square, left 632 people, including eight policemen, dead, according to the state-run National Council for Human Rights.

Other local and international human rights groups, however, said fatalities from the sit-in dispersal had exceeded 1,000.

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