World Bulletin/News Desk
Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak plans to sue a doctor believed to have leaked voice recordings of their conversations during Mubarak's stay at Cairo's Tora Prison Hospital, his lawyer told Anadolu Agency on Monday.
On Sunday, private daily Al-Youm al-Sabea published excerpts of the recordings and later released a tape of Mubarak's discussions with the doctor, during which the ousted president commented on Egypt's political situation and expressed his views about several public figures.
Farid al-Deeb, Mubarak's lawyer, said he would not sue the paper, but would file a complaint against the doctor, whom he identified as an otolaryngologist.
"I would not go for a criminal case, but I will file a complaint with the prosecutor-general's office because the doctor committed a criminal violation," al-Deeb said.
In the recordings, Mubarak said the country's next president should be of a military background. He also praised Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi as "shrewd."
In the taped conversations, Mubarak – who ruled Egypt with an iron fist for 30 years before being toppled by a youth-led popular uprising in early 2011 – insisted that the revolution that forced him from power "began at the instigation of the United States in 2005."
Mubarak – along with his two sons, former interior minister Habib al-Adly and six security chiefs – continues to face charges of complicity in the killing of unarmed anti-regime protesters during 2011's 18-day uprising.Last Mod: 16 Eylül 2013, 17:49