Ahmed Aboul Gheit
The Pentagon and State Department were more prone to the idea to allow the Egyptian government to deal with this situation and to show flexibility—give them time
The [interior] minister said it was an issue of drug use and he had not been beaten ... But I did think myself that the interior ministry should have been more strict in dealing with the officers in charge, or the government agents in charge of the issue—that there should have been a real investigation, and independent investigation to make sure the truth would come out.
I called the chief of intelligence [Omar Suleiman] and he said the situation is out of hand and that the president has asked the armed forces to control the street to pacify, to stabilize the cities ... As I returned to Egypt on January 30th, it was a completely new ballgame. That was not the Cairo I left four days earlier.More quotes »